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September 26 2005

SANA'A-Sept. 22 – The Public Forces Union Parties concluded their third conference in Sana'a last Thursday, which was under the slogan of 'Towards reform that accomplishes public justice, freedom and development'.

In their final communique they confirmed the necessity of reform. They invited the Joint meeting Parties 'six parties' to announce their initiative and the violent practices of the authorities which lead to Sa'ada war and the verdicts against the clerics.

The communique denounced the eclectic economic reforms and concentrated on crack down on corruption. They also called for the rapid implication of the wages set up and to prohibit officials from working in trade.

The conference issued a number of decisions; here are some of their excerpts:

– Internally

The conference commissioned its general secretariat to indict the Interior Minister, Parties and Organization Committee and the Ministry of Information for their abstinence to carry out their constitutional duties in defending the Party's newspaper and premises against the assaults they were subjected to. They fired all the members who aided in robbing the party's documents and possessions.

– On local policy

The communique confirmed that it would be a real catastrophe unless the deteriorating financial conditions are rapidly addressed. They also called on Yemen to live up to their internal and external financial commitments.

The conference called the Joint parties to accelerate their political reform initiative in justice, development and liberty, which calls for separation of powers, neutralization of armed forces, impartiality of judiciary and change to Parliamentarian rule. They also called for the impartiality of the ministries of information and local governing, neutralization of public funds and jobs in political contest and elections.

It confirmed that the presidential post should be neutral and should not be used for the good of a single or a collection of parties.

The communique condemned the authority's crack down on political opponents, which led to a bloody war that covered most of Sa'ada's villages and which claimed hundreds of innocent lives.

In their communique, the public forces condemned the political convictions against each of the clerics (Yahia Aldailalami), (Mohamed Miftah) and judge (Mohamed Loqman). The communique also condemned the unjust verdict against Mohamed Almoayed and his aide. It called on America to reconsider its policy on the definition of terrorism. It appealed to the international human rights organizations to work for their rapid release.

The public forces called for women's support, in order to play their natural role in the political process and broaden their opportunities by allotting them a parliamentary quota.

The communique went on to say 'Freedom of expression is at a stake because of the crack down of the corruption lobby on journals and journalists due to their intolerance to criticism. They announced their consolidations to the journalists that are facing trial due to political stance.'

– On local governance

The conference called for the basic right of direct election and comprehensive governance rights that allow for the election of heads of the councils.

– On socio economics

– The conference confirmed that the recent international development and economic reports that placed Yemen among the least developed countries, should be taken seriously.

The conference highlighted the Human Development Report that was issued by the UN and which described conditions in Yemen as grim.

As for the last price hikes, the conference condemned the selective economic reforms that placed the entire burden on the simple citizen. They believe that real reform lies in fighting corruption.

Mr. Abdurrahman Alrobae was elected as secretary general for the second time.

The large number of attendance of the leaders of the joint parties, civil societies and other social personalities confirmed the consolidation of political spectrum to the forces and their condemnation to corruption of political life and split of political parties.

Sheikh Abdullah Al-Ahmar and Yaseen Saeed Noman were among the most prominent figures that attended the conference.