Al-Umma [Archives:2005/819/Press Review]

February 24 2005

17 Feb.2005
Main headlines

– Al-Haq party condemned the crime and sent condolences to the Lebanese people, Grand funeral for al-Hariri, rejection of internationalizing the investigation into his assassination

– Islah party denounces media campaign against it, opposition MPs propose minister of information to be accounted for

– Appeals for releasing al-Ghadeer detainees

– Demands for the release of al-Khaiwani

– Following their huger strike, demand for allowing the visit to Dailami and Muftah

– Open strike at Yemeni universities

– Symposium o the Yemeni-German political heritage concluded

– Seminar on journalistic legislations and horizons of their development

The political editor of the newspaper wrote an article saying just a few weeks have elapsed since the authority was praising the Islah party and its patriotic stands in the war of 1994 and the events of Saada and regarding other opposition parties as disloyal. Now the authority and the ruling party newspaper are launching an unprecedented attack on the Islah and its leadership. It is expected that that this would expand the degree and extent of the [political crisis in the country. Fluctuations of the authority and its attitudes towards others do not serve the national interest or contribute to solve the overwhelming political, economic and social problems. We consider this campaign in the ruling party newspapers as having no justification at all. The Islah party, in person of sheik Abdulah Bin Hussein al-Ahmar, leader of the Islah congregation, has demanded all political and social forces to adopt a stand characterized by sense of responsibility regarding the present situations and the work for giving priority to the national interest to any other individual and partisan interests in order to take the country out the dark tunnel it is heading for. The Islah conference has seen that the relation between the GPC ruling party on the one hand and the Islah party and all other opposition parties as not serving the supreme interest of the country and that the constitutional legitimacy of the country's authority would remain to be measured by the degree of its respect for the constitution and the law and the adoption of reform as well as working for formulation of an initiative for the comprehensive national reform and the call for a national dialogue.