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One day before the inauguration of the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) Concluding Plenary, political factions arrived at a tentative agreement on political isolation. An agreement was reached that immunity for Saleh means he should abstain from political activities, as per law No.1/2012.

This new phrasing was proposed by Dr. Abdulkarim Al-Eryani, representative of Saleh’s party, the General People’s Congress (GPC) at Monday’s Consensus Committee meeting, after days of heated debates and the boycott by GPC members who felt the political isolation proposal was interference with GPC’s internal affairs.

Other political parties had brought up this issue condemning Saleh in person for alleged involvement in activities hindering the transitional process.

“To start with, there has been no real transfer of power. Power cannot be divided, when Saleh handed over his authority to his deputy it was not only the executive power as head of state, but it should have also included handing over the political power through resigning from his position as president of the GPC,” said Dr. Abdullah Lamlas, rapporteur of the NDC’s Presidency.

The conflict started when an article proposed by the Good Governance Working Team at the NDC conditioned the legitimacy of immunity with prohibition of political activities in the future. Judge Afrah Badowlain, head of the Good Governance group, explained that this is an integral part of their work, which is to ensure justice, equality, the rule of law, and the combating of corruption as well as assuring accountability of Yemenis holding future significant jobs.

“It is something like the vetting of checking people’s background before accepting them to hold high level decision making positions. It is not really talking about Saleh or his regime,” she said.

GPC General Secretary and Telecommunications Minister Ahmed Obaid bin Daghr told the Yemen Times he does not consent to any agreement or procedures outside the framework of the Gulf Initiative.

However, the youth of the NDC’s Transitional Justice Working Group have a different point of view. They have a similar article proposed but under the pretext of political isolation in terms having Saleh and all his affiliates out of politics for good otherwise they should abandon immunity.

Mohammed Al-Sa’adi, the deputy head of the Good Governance Working Group and representative of Hirak, explained that this condition is to ensure that those who were granted immunity for any crimes committed against people should not take responsibility in the future as political leaders.

Source: Yemen Times, Oct. 08, 2013,