YSP Holds 4th General Congress [Archives:2000/35/Local News]

August 28 2000

The Yemeni Socialist Party (YSP) is currently preparing for its fourth general congress scheduled for next Wednesday at the Military Academy in Sanaa. More than 2500 representatives of the party offices in the Republic and a number of politicians, intellectuals and media men will be attending the congress.
Chairman of the press committee, Mr. Mohammed Ghaleb Ahmad said that the party would allow journalists, politicians and supervisors to attend the congress discussions.
YSPs nationwide elections shifted 70 new members to the Central Committee, an informed source told the Yemen Times. These, besides about 43 members who left the country during the war of 1994 were named as members of the national list. The source added that names of members outside Yemen to be approved by the party included, former secretary general of the YSP and former Vice President of the Republic Ali Salem Al-Beedh, erstwhile Prime Minister, Haider Abu Bakr Al-Attas, former Speaker Dr. Yassin Saeed Noaman.
Discussions during the congress are expected to center on two premises, namely the party political coalition and current situation of the country.
The fourth congress of the YSP has been adjourned for several times due to what an official in the party stated as financial problems. The first attempt to hold the congress in November 1998 was received with a campaign against the party accusing it of treachery.
The call for the return of the party exiled members is expected to cause a heated debate with the government.