Amid calls for political reformsYSP concludes fifth conference [Archives:2005/863/Front Page]

July 28 2005

Yasser Mohammed Al-Mayyasi
SANA'A- The Yemeni Socialist Party (YSP) is to conclude today the functions of its fifths conference held at 22 May Hall in the presence of around 2000 representatives from different Yemeni governorates. The conference has been lasting for thee days discussing important issues.

The inauguration of the conference was attended by different political party leaders including Sheikh Abdullah Bin Hussein al-Ahmar, Parliament Speaker and Chairman of the Yemeni Congregation Party (Islah) and other political figures from the opposition and the ruling party.

Saleh Obad Moqbil, Secretary -General of the YSP delivered the party's speech in which he reminded attendants of the assassination of Jarrallah Omar, Assistant Secretary-General of the YSP and described the incidence as the ugliest political assassination in the history of Yemen.

He confirmed that Omar's assassination had its effect on the party and is a big catastrophe on the party that has been suffering for a long time. The government's economic policy aims to starve the nation and always misleads its people through the media, said he.

Moqbil emphasized that the recent riots and violence were caused by the government and that a peaceful demonstration without damaging public properties is the right of every citizen.

He strongly denounced the government's deployment of military and security troops backed up by tanks and vehicles in cities and public roads and said such conducts indicate the use of power to oppress citizens who have been starving and suffering from poverty for a long time due to the unwise policies pursued by the government.

The YSP Secretary-General pointed out the role of the armed forces is to protect the country from any external invasion and not to oppress citizens and mentioned the price reforms conducted by the government are doomed to failure.

The YSP's discussions covered enhancing the Organizing and Financial Committee and arguing documents of the party: the political report and program, internal system, monitoring and inspection reports, in addition to electing members of the party's central committee.

The YSP's fifth conference was held in the absence of a large number of its leaders who are abroad but were expected to come back to partake in the event.

The conference concentrates on adopting all the issues related to the current economic situations and working on bringing a unified political line for the party that has not stabilized since 1994's war, which overthrew and exiled its leaders.

Observers hold the view the YSP currently exerts precious efforts to adopt numerous policies, most important of which is the call for reforming the political system, the Re-unification line and returning the YSP to power being a participant in achieving Yemen's Unity.

The YSP's calls for reforming the political system, returning its leading figures who are abroad, reinforcing decentralization, the federal system and the peaceful handover of power, and limiting power of the President ignited a crisis between the party and the government, which considered such as a conspiracy against it.

Political observers of the Yemeni political scene affirmed that the YSP can not implement its political address since it suffers from several problems and differences in its leadership.

They signaled out that after 1994's war, its leaders became weak and most of them do not have the ability to draw a strong policy to enable the party to occupy a prestigious position in the Yemeni political arena.

Objectors to the YSP's policies ascertain the party endures different problems, its objection to the regime does not originate from within and it wants the two unified parts of the country to be separated.