Political Analysis

Benomar denies intention to dissolve House of Representatives

National Yemen

Yemeni Parliament

By NY Staff

United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar has denied reports that he has participated in discussions regarding the elimination of Yemen’s House of Representatives.

The official website of Sadiq Al-Ahmar, paramount sheikh of the Hashid Tribal Confederation, recently stated that the UN envoy spoke to Al-Ahmar about plans to dissolve the Yemeni House of Representatives.

Benmar arrived in Sana’a last week to keep abreast with the implementation of the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative and with preparations for the upcoming National Dialogue Conference.

Benomar said on Wednesday that security is a vital factor for the national dialogue’s success and for Yemen’s development in general.

During his meeting with Interior Minister Abdul-Qader Qahtan, Benomar lauded the achievements of military and security forces in combatting terrorism and confirmed that the international community supports Yemen’s efforts to overcome current challenges.

Qahtan briefed the UN envoy on the achievements of military and security forces in their fight against the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization in Abyan and Shabwa governorates, as well as on efforts to track down and arrest members of cells in Sana’a and other parts of the country.

The Interior Minister also directed Benomar’s attention towards efforts by the Military Affairs Committee to enhance security while at the same time removing armed presences from Sana’a’s streets.

Together Benomar and Qahtan reviewed progress made so far in implementing the GCC initiative, giving particular attention to actions taken to combat terrorism and reinforce the nation’s security and stability.