Yemen's government sent on Sunday a note to Parliament in which it demanded to revoke immunity of the member of parliament and tribal leader Mohammad Al-Shaif on ground of insulting Prime Minister Mohammad Salem Basindwa and threatening Finance Minster Sakhr Al-Wajih.
A source of the cabinet said that the government urged the parliament to promptly revoke the immunity of Al-Shaif in order to prosecute him.
Al-Shaif who is a senior leader of the General People Congress and among the most loyal leaders to the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh had said Basindwa is not Yemeni and threatened Al-Wajih with beating.
Most members of Yemen's parliament withdrew from a Wednesday session in protest at insulting Basindwa and Al-Wajih.
Some members of the General People Congress demanded Al-Shaif to apologize, but he refused, saying that he does not recognize the Yemeni government and described its members as toys. Members of parliament expressed sorrow about insults used by Al-Shaif, pointing out that some sides seek to break down reconciliation reached by Yemenis and ignite conflict. MPs said the Yemeni government and the Finance Minister are attacked as it took courageous decisions to combat corruption.
A Yemeni analyst said the insults of Al-Shaif came after the government suspended financial appropriations for tribal leaders, affirming that the suspension pushed Al-Shaif to continuously attacks Basindwa and its government.While tribal leaders in Yemen are accused of committing violations, abusing people, breaching laws, imposing tributes and looting lands, they receive monthly salaries and other privileges from the government and even from foreign countries.