Yemen: Dialogue ends, Hadi term extended

Yemen’s National Dialogue conference officially came to an end on 25 January. After nearly ten months of deliberations and a closing ceremony that included the release of thousands of balloons into the air above Sanaa, delegates produced a final report with 1,400 recommendations; whether they can be translated into a working nation remains to be seen. Political factions also extended President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s term of office, giving him an additional year to oversee a transition that is running well behind its two-year schedule. Some good came out of the conference, not least the willingness of opposed political factions to sit down together and talk. Agreements on creating an independent anti-corruption body, ensuring women are better represented in public office, and abolishing early childhood marriage are all to be welcomed.
Issue 963, 7 February 2014. Read more

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