New political movement born [Archives:2006/973/Front Page]

August 17 2006

Yasser Al-Mayasi
SANA'A, Aug. 15 ) At a Sana'a press conference the establishment of a new political movement called The Future Movement officially was declared.

At the inaugurating press conference attended by several Yemeni media members and politicians, official Future Movement spokesman Dr. Adel Al-Shuja' emphasized that the group is not a political party and does not think to assume power. He affirmed that the movement is the product of the aggravating crisis developing daily due to absence of the cultural dimension.

He added that the movement will focus on a group of issues agreed upon via political trends and directions, criticizing political parties' tendencies to look for points of disagreement, which he described as impeding transfer to the future. He affirmed that media address of the authority and opposition lacks harmony and has no common characteristics.

Al-Shuja' announced that the party stands with President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who represents and achieves the desires of 20 million Yemeni citizens. For his part, Muhsin Al-Amoudi, a member of the movement's preparatory committee, said it bet on President Saleh, not because he's leader of the General People's Congress (GPC), but rather because he's considered a president elected by the people.

A Future Movement political statement stressed that the group does not present itself as an alternative to anyone in particular, but rather for all people, as it shares common future needs with all parties. It is in this meaning where all national activities meet, representing a common point of interest. While the movement's doors are open wide to various intellectual and political trends, its only condition is that its members will forget and leave behind their past conflicts in order to overcome future challenges.

Additionally, the statement mentioned that Future Movement is a national political alignment whose slogan is, “Yemen first. Yemen always.” The group works to realize certain goals, among them reorganizing the national economy, rectifying failures and concentrating on economic sectors with competitive characteristics, such as industry, trade, tourism and fisheries.

The movement also works to re-qualify coastal cities according to new economic data, complete infrastructure including roads, communications, water and electricity, as well as link coastal cities via a railroad network. They also aim to focus on educational system reform and be connected to development needs and a system encouraging creativity. They also aim to reform the health care system to ensure that it's characterized by efficiency and good service covering the entire nation.

Group goals also stressed enhancing the state's role and that of its institutions, activating the role of law and order, respecting human rights and general freedoms, working to curbing the spread of weapons or trading in them, regulating weapons possession – at least in governorate provincial capitals and urban areas – along with reaching a national accord to end vengeance, and devoting national energies to the development process.

Their goals also call for reforming the judiciary system though responsible national dialogue aimed at achieving full independence and professional efficiency of legal personnel to become guardians of rights and freedoms and guarantors of democratic change.

The Future Movement statement also affirmed its support for President Saleh and alliance with him both before and after the elections, demanding he create a qualitative transfer in the political system and an economic leap guaranteeing Yemenis a stable political and democratic regime.

The movement also requested adopting a comprehensive national program qualifying Yemen with all its economic, political, social and cultural components to become a capable partner to bear its responsibility for the requirements of today's world, taking into account that Yemen will be an effective partner with its neighbors and within the regional and international sphere and loyal to all its commitments, particularly to human rights.

A Future Movement delegation visited President Saleh last week. The movement's membership includes businessmen, journalists and personalities from civil society organizations.