Al-Mithaq [Archives:2008/1154/Press Review]

May 12 2008

Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Top Stories

– Religious clerics call on all Yemeni people to resist all those attempting to harm national security and stability

– Anti-Corruption Authority unveils corruption cases worth YR 20 billion

– Up to 107 candidates made bids for governor until Monday

– General Committee approves GPC candidates for gubernatorial elections

– European Commission praises decision to elect governors

The European Commission team in Sana'a praised on Saturday the decision to elect governors in Yemen. Inaugurating the European Week in Yemen, European Commission Representative declared that his commission supports the idea of electing governors because it is one of the wise steps taken by Yemen towards decentralization and local governance with broad powers.

He wished that gubernatorial elections will be characterized by transparency and integrity in order to help achieve the required results in a just and equal opportunities manner. The European official pointed out that the European Union Election Observation Mission (EUEOM) would participate in observing parliamentary elections scheduled for April 2009.

Activities of the European week in Yemen have been inaugurated this week under the motto of “Culture Forum Festival” and would continued up to May 7. The European cultural week includes many activities embodying European cooking week, the European football cup for schools in addition to cultural lectures in European schools to be delivered by a number of European diplomats.

It went on to say that Yemeni Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Mujawar issued an order saying that any executive officials planning to run for governor in the electoral process, scheduled for May 27, must drop their current official jobs, adding that this is a primary requirement that must be satisfied by all those making bids for governor.