Thursday, January 27, 2011

Yemeni ruling party and opposition agree TV debate

Observed by: Mr. Alaa Isam

The ruling General People's Party (GPC) and the opposition Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) have agreed to hold a televised debate on the current political crisis and other issues in the country after both failed to convince each other to engage in a national dialogue.

Chief of the Yemeni Institute for Democratic Development, the debate's organizer, Ahmed al-Sufi, said that preparations for a televised debate between the GPC and the JMP are well under way.

Al-Sufi said the GPC and the JMP have agreed to offer names of representatives in the debate in the coming few days. He said that al-Jazeera TV has also agreed to cover the debate.

In a speech last Sunday, President Ali Abdullah Saleh accused the Joint Meeting Parties of inciting chaos in the country and called it for a TV debate.

The opposition also expressed its readiness for a debate with President Saleh on al-Jazeera “if the debate will solve the country's crises.”

The capital Sana'a witnessed a week of protests in support of Tunisian uprising against the regime. Protesters called for change and demanded President Saleh to step down.


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