Thousands of separatists rallied in Yemen's main southern city Aden Wednesday demanding renewed independence for the region on the 20th anniversary of a secession bid that was crushed by northern troops.
The demonstrators waved the flag of the formerly independent south and pictures of exiled separatist leader Ali Salem al-Baid as they commemorated the short-lived Democratic Republic of Yemen that was crushed in the 1994 civil war.
“We swear to God Sanaa will not govern us,” the protesters chanted. “Twenty years of oppression and resistance.”
The Friends of Yemen urged the government in Sanaa to set out a clear timetable for a referendum on a constitution and subsequent elections in order to end the political, economic and security crises affecting the country.
"The Friends of Yemen reiterate that the only way to a united, peaceful, stable and prosperous Yemen is through the implementation of the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) Initiative," the group of 39 nations and organisations, meeting in London on Tuesday, said in their final communique.
As the Yemeni army embarks on what it says is a massive military campaign to root out al-Qaeda suspects in Shabwa province, questions arise over the fate of the political process in the country four months after the conclusion of the National Dialogue Conference (NDC), which was officially inaugurated on March 18, 2013.
Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi urged his beleaguered people then to have high hopes. Security problems, however, have gone from bad to worse amid a series of al-Qaeda attacks in the country.
The difference between today's Friends of Yemen conference in London and the first conference to take place in the capital eight years ago is that the current conference is being held at a time when Yemen is in jeopardy of failing in light of a transitional authority put in power in order to cross into a free and dignified future in response to the demands of the Yemeni people and their desires for change, as well as fulfil their dream of establishing a modern democratic state.
Foreign Minister Dr. Abu Bakr al-Qirbi has disclosed the content of new action mechanism proposed for the Friends of Yemen Group to make the group more effective and efficient .
Dr. al-Qirbi made it clear on Monday, in an interview with the Yemen News Agency (Saba), that the most important element in the 7th meeting of the Group of Friends of Yemen, which will take place tomorrow in the British capital London, lies in the launch of a new mechanism of action for the Group.
Thousands of members of the Peaceful Southern Movement gathered in Aden and Mukala, Yemen, yesterday to mark the 20th anniversary of the civil war and announced their refusal of the new federation system, calling instead for independence from the north.
They raised the flag of the state of north Yemen and other posters calling for "liberation and independence". The movement is headed by Hassan Ba'oum.
A few days after one of the worst terrorist attacks in their country's history, Yemenis tuned in to the state broadcaster for reassurance from their president, Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
The ink was barely dry on President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi’s plan to stabilize chaotic Yemen before the objections started pouring in.
Leader of a nation seemingly on the brink of breakdown for years, Hadi had hoped he could appease rival political groups by creating a federal state of six regions that would give each more say over political, social, economic and security affairs.
To date, few factions appear placated, a reality that bodes ill for a country already battling endemic poverty, poor governance, regional insurgencies and Al-Qaeda militancy.
Yemen's National Dialogue Conference concluded on January 25 [EPA]
Yemen's President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi is not known for his skill as an orator. During interviews and at public events he seems stiff, ill at ease and disconnected. He rarely speaks freely, choosing instead to read out pre-written comments. But at a recent meeting in Sanaa, Yemen's capital, he was passionate, and seemed at several points to be on the verge of bursting into tears.
Saná, 2 feb (EFE).- Una comisión gubernamental yemení decidió hoy dividir el país en seis estados regionales que formarán la nueva República Federal del Yemen, informó una miembro de esa comisión, Nadia al Saqaf.
En un comentario difundido en su cuenta de Twitter, Al Saqaf señaló que la comisión, establecida la semana pasada por el presidente yemení, Abdo Rabu Mansur Hadi, estableció cuatro estados en la parte septentrional del país y dos en la parte meridional, conocida por sus reivindicaciones secesionistas.
Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in Yemen’s capital yesterday to denounce violence a day after a failed attempt to assassinate the defence minister killed 12 people.
Protesters answering a call to demonstrate “against terrorism and assassinations” also slammed ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh whom they accuse of fuelling violence, and called for an end to his immunity from prosecution.
“Terrorism and Al Qaeda are Ali Saleh and his sons,” chanted demonstrators in the protest called by a group of activists from the Committee of Youth of the Peaceful Revolution.