Birth pains for justice and democracy party [Archives:2005/871/Local News]

August 25 2005

By Aden Bureau
ADEN- As the Justice and Democracy Party struggles to define itself prominent intellectuals and political leaders are holding discussions. On the agenda; the goals of the new party, its political platform, structure and strategy.

As legal procedures are finalized and constitutional requirements addressed, the party is elaborating on its aims.

Much of this is occurring in the governorate of al-Dhal'e where Mohammad Omar al-Saqqaf, Chairman of the Justice and Democracy Party met with opposition party leaders and media personnel.

Central to the meeting were the steps necessary to the establishment of the party. Of particular concern to Omar al-Saqqaf was the lack of political stability, negative economic growth, security concerns and corruption in the Arab Republic. This he cited as the cause for the decline of foreign investment and the associated increase in unemployment and poverty.

The Justice and Democracy Party is itself controversial to many in Yemeni society and government, the Chairman of the party said in a statement to the Yemen Times, but was also welcomed by several politicians as a necessary dilation of the political process.