Yemeni leaders develop joint recommendations to support peaceful transition into federalism

Published on Friday, 19th of December 2014

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Discussions highlighted the importance of inclusiveness in the constitutional and legislative processes.

For a federal structure to provide a basis for sustainable peace in Yemen, the transition into federalism needs to be underpinned by inclusive dialogue and broad public participation. This was one of the recommendations produced by the Yemeni leaders at a CMI workshop, held on 9-10 December in Beirut.

CMI brought together Yemeni leaders from across the political spectrum to discuss the prospects of Yemen’s transition to federalism, a state structure recommended by the National Dialogue Conference this January. The participants were from various political components, including Ansar Allah, the General People’s Congress, the Joint Meeting Parties and the southern Hirak.

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A group of Yemeni leaders came together to engage in dialogue on issues related to the country’s transition into federalism.

The participants highlighted the importance of ensuring the implementation of the National Dialogue Conference outcomes and adherence to the Peace and National Partnership Agreement, signed among Yemeni political forces in September in an effort to avert further violence. While the federal structure was seen as the most appropriate form of governance for Yemen, there were concerns that the establishment of a new state structure would create tensions unless backed with inclusive dialogue and broad public participation.

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The meeting participants worked on joint recommendations to support peaceful adoption of a federal system in Yemen.

With a view of supporting Yemen’s peaceful transition into federalism, the participants formulated joint recommendations for national actors involved in the constitutional process. The proposals were published in several Yemeni media outlets. Next, the participants will submit the joint statement to the national entities involved in the transition process.

The statement by the meeting participants (AR & EN)

The meeting was covered by Arabic outlets, such as:

Al Motamar: http://www.almotamar.net/news/120307.htm

Yemen Now: http://yemennow.net/news364240.html

Al Marsd: http://www.almarsd.net/show163651.html

Yemen Akhbar: http://www.yemenakhbar.com/yemen-news/118082.html

Rasd24: http://www.rasd24.net/newsothersources.aspx?id=2158636

Sahafah: http://www.sahafah.net/show1694370.html

Al Sjl: http://yemeninternship.com/n/102133/

Alwan Press Agency: http://alwanpress.net/?p=568304

Shabab Unity: http://shababunity.net/show.php?id=2443077