By NY Staff
President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi has issued a decree that a technical committee tasked with preparing for the upcoming comprehensive National Dialogue Conference be established, in accordance with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) initiative.
The decree came one day after Hadi met with United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar, who said last week that Yemen is only four steps away from achieving the necessary steps laid out in the GCC initiative’s implementation mechanism. The decree was issued to guarantee that the National Dialogue is held, with participants from all parties participating in a transparent and participatory manner, in an effort to establish peace, democracy and good governance in Yemen.
The committee is composed of 25 members from various groups, as per the GCC mechanism guidelines. The National Dialogue Conference is expected to include participation by the General People’s Congress, headed by ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh and his loyalists, opposition parties, youth movement groups, the Southern Movement, Houthis, civil society organizations, and women’s groups.
In related news, a youth movement official has accused Hadi of taking an anti-revolution stance following the president’s announcement of particular names of individuals set to be part of the National Dialogue preparatory committee.
Official youth spokesman Miraz Al-Junaid said in a press statement that Hadi is leading anti-revolution actions against the popular youth revolution and that “by our observations, even with the good opportunity we had given to Hadi, he has proven that he is working against public demands for change.”