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GPC approves Saleh’s travel for medical treatment abroad

National Yemen

Former President Ali A. Saleh

By NY Staff

The GPC Party’s General Committee has given its approval for Party Chairman Ali Abdullah Saleh’s request to travel abroad for medical treatment. The approval came even after signals had been received that the United Nations Security Council would be issuing a statement to the effect that the former president represented a possible impediment to the political transition’s success.

Committee members also stated that they condemned Prime Minister Mohammed Basindowa’s decision to bar Deputy Minister of Information Abdul Al-Janadi from attending a Cabinet Ministers’ meeting.

Members of the committee stated that they considered Basindowa’s move to be part of a process of eliminating political opponents, something which they said could bring the country back to the first stages of 2011’s political situation.

GPC representatives also responded to the recently-released UN Security Council statement – in which there was “concern over reports of interference in the transition by individuals in Yemen who represent the former regime” – by calling it both unclear and unstable when it came to the message it was attempting to deliver.

Ahmed Al-Sofi, Saleh’s Press Secretary, described the UNSC statement as irrelevant and based on wrong and misleading information. Al-Sofi added that the statement, which was released this past Friday, was right in some aspects; for example, when it came to comments regarding Iran and the activities of former Deputy President Ali Salem Al-Beidh. Yet Al-Sofi was adamant that the statement was in the wrong when it mentioned the former president.

Al-Sofi went so far as to say the Security Council would rather see Yemen in the midst of direct clashes than as a unified Yemen.

When it came to the effects of the comments about Saleh, Al-Sofi said they would never affect or change anything. He added that a large share of the statement would turn the majority of Yemeni citizens against the UNSC.