YEMEN: Hadi boasts ‘successful’ transitional talks

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UN chief expresses full support to country’s transitional period
Sana’a: Yemen’s President Abd Rabbo Mansour said on Saturday that the National Dialogue Conference was unmatched in the Arab world and heralded a new page in the country’s history.
Elated at the conclusion of the nine-month conference, Hadi demanded quick implementation of the conference’s recommendations.
“I would like to congratulate the great Yemenis on this great historical achievement,” Hadi said in his speech.
“I have told you before that we had no option but to succeed. This day will be a hallmark in the life of Yemenis who are hungering for a better and more honourable future that they deserve after being deprived for decades or maybe centuries.”

In the ceremony held in the presidential palace, the participates listened to a recorded speech by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressing the UN’s full support to the country’s transitional period.
Hadi also highlighted the following steps after the conclusion of the conference, saying that he would soon issue a decree forming two committees; one is tasked to handle the regions and the other will be responsible for drafting a new constitution.
Ahmad Bin Mubarak, the Secretory-General of the conference, said that the conference was supposed to be concluded three months ago, but it was stalled due to some attempts to “derail the conference like aggressive media campaign and assassinations”.
However, the UN special envoy to Yemen, Jamal Bin Omar criticised the regime of the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
“Yemenis have agreed to turn their back on the past and build a new modern and civilised state.”
Protests
As the government officials celebrated the conclusion of the dialogue in the capital, pro-secession protesters organised rallies across the south, calling for regaining the former South Yemen state that united with the North in 1990. They vowed to continue protesting in the streets.
Addressing the southern issue, the National Dialogue has approved a document dividing the country into units and giving the southerners half of the country’s key positions in the security, judiciary and administrative authorities.
Some southerners, who joined the talks, considered the document a “great achievement”.
Khalid Baras, a military general from the south and one of participants in the conference, said that the southerners have managed to regain their right through dialogue.
“The conference offered peaceful solutions to the southern issue.”

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