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In Preparations for Heated Elections Season, GPC and JMP Continue War of Words
  Written By:  Abdul Rahim Al-Showthabi (YEMEN POST STAFF) 
  Article Date:
September 22, 2008



Heated war of words between the ruling party, the General People Congress (GPC) and main opposition parties' coalition represented in Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) is ongoing and observers expected the forthcoming elections to be different from the previous ones, especially when there is always more than one scenario.

When GPC continues its preparations for elections through sending its leaders to the field in what is believed to campaigning for the upcoming elections, JMP hold meetings with national and international parties to depict their stances.

Last Friday, the National Council Committees held a joint meeting at the Yemeni Socialist Party's headquarters and it involved the JMP leaderships and leaders of JMP branches in provinces and the meeting was devoted to discuss the second phase of the national counseling after the first phase, lies in a comprehensive counting of all active parties and social and political leaders in the field.

The participants discussed the second phase requirements and how to conduct direct contacts with those leaders in order to reach an agreement and understanding of the current situation and the different means for resolving the crises.

Further, the second phase seeks to reach reconciliation with the national counseling parties over how to treat the current conditions and make comprehensive national and political reforms. Field committees in provinces were demanded to set a timetable for the upcoming activities. 

In related news, JMP leaderships met late last week the European Union Ambassadors in Yemen at the house of the French Ambassador, whose country chairs over the European Union nowadays.

The JMP leaders expressed their rejection for the sidelining measures of GPC as for dropping the elections amendments draft law and other single moves including the formation of the Supreme Commission for Elections and Referendum.

They also hinted that there against joining elections as per the ruling party's conditions and rejected any calls for boycotting elections, hinting such stances serve GPC.