Political Analysis

Agreement of July 17th, 2010

The text of the joint memorandum to implement the February
agreement between the ruling party and the JMP.

The text of the joint memorandum to implement the Februaryagreement between the ruling party and the JMP.

The GPC and JMP represented in the House of Representatives signed a joint agreement on Saturday to implement the agreement reached last February.

The agreement, which was under the auspices of President Saleh, discussed forming a committee to prepare for a national unity government.  It stated the following:

Implementing the agreement of February 23rd, 2009, GPC and JMP bloc, members of House of Representatives represented by

1- Abdulkarim al-Iryani, second deputy president of the GPC

On behalf of the JMP blocs in the house of representatives

1- Abdulwahhab Mahmoud – Secretary-General of the Arab Baath Socialist Party

2- Abdulwahhab Alansi Secretary-General of the Islah party

3- Yaseen Saeed Noman – Secretary-General of the Socialist Party

4- Sultan Alatawani Secretary-General of the Unionist Nasserite

It was agreed upon during today’s meeting to set and prepare for the comprehensive national government based on the first section which states:

Providing an opportunity for parties, political organizations, and civil society organizations to discuss the needed constitutional amendments to improve the political system and the electoral system including the proportional representation on the following basis:

1- The JMP meets the GPC representing their partners and allies in a preliminary meeting where both parties identify and name their partners and allies who are going to represent both sides in the joint committee to set and prepare for the comprehensive national government.  No party is allowed to object each others presentation.

2- After completing the two lists, a joint committee to set and prepare for the comprehensive national government is formed equally of up to 200 members

3- The sides which signed in 2009 February agreement signs this memorandum

4- Both sides bring other than what was agreed about another list of parties, political, social, national forces and the civil society organizations which will be contacted and consulted with by the preparation committee and include every side which agrees on the national dialogue

5- Completing the consultation with the rest of the parties and the political, social, national forces and the civil society organizations to join the national dialogue without exception

6- Preparing the timeline of the dialogue and its standards

7- The committee undertakes its decisions by consensus and shall be binding on all initiatives

8- The committee presidency meets periodically and holds its first meeting in the cultural centre hall in the capital Sana’a

9- Each side hires a chairman and a deputy to represent it and the chair and his deputy form a national dialogue presidency and this rule applies to sub-committees

10- All committees’ work has to be transparent and public so public opinion can follow the course of the dialogue