Parliament elects Anti-Corruption Committee [Archives:2007/1063/Front Page]

June 28 2007

By: Moneer Al-Omari
SANA'A, June 27 ) In its meeting held on Monday, the Yemeni Parliament excluding opposition members approved forming two committees for organizing and vote counting to select the anti corruption committee members. There were 30 candidates nominated by the Consultative Council on March 25 to form the Supreme Anti-Corruption Committee, of which only 10 men and one woman were elected on Monday by the Parliament.

The resulting list of names of the anti-corruption committee differed slightly from the list of prepared by the General People Congress in a meeting held earlier.

The winning candidates belong all to the General people Congress and their names are as follows:

1. Ahmed Mohammed Al-Anisi (125 votes),

2. Balqis Yahya Mansour Abu Isb'a (121 votes),

3. Mohammed Hamoud Hassan Al-Matari (117 votes),

4. Abdu Rabu Gradah (101 votes),

5. Yassin Abdu Sa'eed Noman (95 votes),

6. Sa'ad Addin Ali bin Talib (93 votes),

7. Ez Addin Sallam Al-Asbahi (85 votes),

8. Ahmed Abdurrahman Qarhash (79 votes),

9. Mohammed Ahmed Ali Sanhoub (78 votes),

10. Obeed Awadh Salim Al-Humar (75 votes), and

11. Kahlid Mohammed Abdulaziz (62 votes)

One hundred and sixty one members participated in electing the committee, mostly the members of the General People Congress (the ruling party). The Joint Meeting Parties' members and other opposition members withdrew from the session in protest against the law-violating measures made during the selection of the committee whose members belong to the General People Congress.

Reciting their withdrawing statement, deputy head of Islah bloc at the Parliament Zaid Al-Shami pointed out the opposition blocs noticed gross violations when checking the profiles of the candidates, hinting the committee did not ask for documents that prove their integrity, eligibility and clean job record.

Al-Shami further indicated the committee did not ask those who withdrew from the elections about the reasons of their objection. Commenting that only 22 of the 30 candidates had complete files.

“The members of this committee should be committed to eradicating corruption; yet some of those candidates don't even admit there is corruption in the state's institutions,” remarked Al-Shami.

Opposition believes the newly appointed committee lacks in the required expertise and knowledge that enable them to fight corruption, maintaining those who were supposed to join the committee were dropped from the list by the Consultative Council during the early uncontested elections.