Political Analysis

Hadi: Unity not up for negotiation

National Yemen

President Abdurabo Mansour Hadi

By NY Staff

After recovering from being ill last week, President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi stated that unity will not be a topic for discussion in the country’s National Dialogue Conference. He added that the conference has been inclusive of all political powers.
During a meeting with the presidential board of the NDC, Hadi discussed the imbalances accruing over the past several days. He ordered the ending of all activities that might threaten the conference.
He also directed the implementation of a number of procedures that had been demanded by the working group involved with the southern issue in the NDC.
According to sources close to Hadi, the president ordered the removal of all military forces from the streets of Aden and Hadramout.
“He also directed authorities to release a number of prisoners affiliated with the peaceful southern movement,” stated a source.
Hadi also directing the formation of committees assigned to investigate citizens who say they were removed from their job posts after the war of 1994.
“Hadi’s directions to compensate them fairly was in response to the demands made by those in the southern movement group in the NDC.”
The presidential decrees coincided with an increase in withdraws of southern movement members from the NDC. UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, has reported failed to convince southern leaders outside of Yemen to join the NDC.
The conference’s second phase has witnessed protests from southern movement members who demanded a quick implementation of their 11 demands in order for a ‘suitable’ atmosphere at the conference.