A Gulf diplomat has said that the existence of the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh as the head of the General People Congress was debated, pointing out that pressures exerted to remove him from the GPC presidency.
The Sana'a-based Akhbar Alyoom Newspaper quoted a high-ranking diplomat as saying that the Gulf States that oversaw the Yemeni political settlement realize that Saleh poses an obstacle for the Yemeni interim government.
He revealed that ambassadors of Gulf States, the UN Security Council Prominent Members and EU informed leaders of the General People Congress desire to make changes inside the party including the election of a new head instead of Saleh.
The diplomat affirmed that any side that will try to hamper the GCC-mediated power transfer initiative will face severe sanctions, stressing that the impediment of the deal will endanger the regional and international peace.
He urged all sides to commit to the deal and its implementation mechanism, pointing out that the deal is considered the only way to take Yemen out of its current crisis and security deterioration.
The diplomat further referred that the GCC States closely watch Yemen updates regarding the deal, asserting that the deal meets the ambitions of the Yemeni people.
He reiterated that the GCC ambassadors to Yemen realized that President Abdu-Rabo Mansour Hadi and the consensus government face a great deal of impediments and challenges, hinting that the military reconstruction is among the most challenging issues.
The countries overseeing the GCC-mediated power transfer deal have called all Yemeni parties to commit to the GCC agreement signed in last November, cautioning against any attempts to impede the deal.