Despite a shaky start and some last minute reticence, President Saleh’s ruling party finally agreed on a modified version of a Gulf brokered proposal which if adopted by all parties will enounce Yemen transition of power.
The General People’s Congress already met on Monday in a general committee under vice-president Hadi’s leadership to study the matter. However, due to some internal disagreements, the meeting was adjourned, leaving many to fear that negotiations had reached a roadblock.
On the backdrop of military operations against al-Qaeda militants in the southern region of Abyan, Saleh’s coterie is finally recognizing the need to end the current political stalemate and unfreeze the country’s institutions.
A member of the Opposition told the press that both parties will convene on Thursday to discuss the proposed amendments to the GCC plan.
In a nutshell, the new agreement would give President Saleh more time to resign from the presidency. The veteran statesman would be granted a timeframe of 3 months as opposed to 1, to officially resign from the presidency after transferring his executive powers to his vice president, Abdu Rabbu Mansoor Hadi. Once that done, Yemen would organize new elections, and elect the new members of its coalition government under Hadi’s presidency.
This newly formed government would be charge with the responsibility to modify the Constitution.
The plan makes provision for an overall restructuration of the country’s armed forces. Since president Saleh family members, sons and nephews are pretty much heading all the key military posts in Yemen, the Opposition demanded that an immediate reform be put in place. Senior Opposition leaders fear that Ahmed Saleh, president Saleh’s eldest son and set to be successor will use his position as Head of the Republican Guards, the country’s elite unit, to impose his rule on Yemen, backed by his cousins.
Despite promises that he would return “soon” to Sana’a, president Saleh has yet to make an appearance.