Almotamar.net - Yemeni parliament refers Saturday constitutional amendments, proposed by more than two thirds of the parliament members, to a special committee headed by deputy speaker Himyar al-Ahmar and membership 15 members of the parliament, in addition to the members of the constitutional committee of the parliament.
The special committee is composed of MPs the parliamentary majority, i.e. the General People’s Congress (GPC) and blocs of the opposition Joint Meeting Parties (JMP). Members of the JMP parliamentary blocs and tens of members of the Islah Party (Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen) have staged a sit-in in front of the parliament building in protest to the constitutional amendments proposed by the GPC’s parliamentarians.
According to article 185 of the constitution it is scheduled that the amendments would be discussed after two months from now. It should be noted that Yemen would need, after approval of the amendments, to go to a referendum.
The Speaker of the parliament Yahya al-Raie and the head of the GPC parliamentary bloc Sultan al-Barakani have called on the opposition, the civil organisations and those interested in this regard to give their opinions on the amendments during discussing them at the special committee.
The amendments aim to make the legislative power of two chambers; the parliament and the shoura and to be called together as the Umma (People) Assembly, provided that the parliament would keep the monitoring specializations and participates with the shoura in legislation.
According to the amendments the Shoura Council is to be elected by the local councils of the country’s provinces; five members from each province and the President of the republic would appoint 25% out of the total elected members.
The amendments included also article 63 that needs a constitutional amendment, raising the seats of the parliament to 345 instead of 301 so that 44 seats are to be given to women.
With regard to the local rule the amendments included articles: 13, 39, 44, 45 and 46 and adding five new articles. In the amendments in this respect the establishment of local police affiliated to the local councils.
The amendments also [proposed the addition of a constitutional article according to which is the establishment of a higher body for financial control and accountability, entertaining monitoring, administrative and financial independence.
The amendment of article 112 proposes reduction of presidency term from seven years to five years and the cancelling of the two-term system. The five-year term applies after the termination of the present term of the president which ends in 2013.
The Saudi-led war jets waged two raids on Harib Nehm area in Sana’a province, a military official said late Monday.
The Saudi aggression warplanes continued flying during the past few hours in the skies of Mareb, Jawf, Amran and Taiz provinces, as well as in the sky of Nehm district in Sana’a province, in repeated breaches to the UN-backed ceasefire, the official added.
On another hand, the aggression’s hirelings bombed with artillery and missiles toward Bareq and Malh areas and attacked Malh area in Nehm district of Sana’a province with machine guns, according to a military official.
The Saudi aggression and its mercenaries continued to breach the ceasefire during the past hours in several province, a military official said Monday.
The Saudi warplanes waged an air raid on al-Makhdra area in Serwah district of Mareb province, two raids on Yam area in Nehm district of Sana'a province and two raids on Khab and al-Sha'af district of Jawf province.
The Riyadh's hirelings targeted al-Hawl area in Nehm in Sana'a and pounded al-Ghail district in Jawf with different kinds of weapons. In Lahj province, they targeted
The Saudi aggression and its mercenaries continued to breach the ceasefire during the past hours in several province, a military official said Sunday.
The Riyadh's hirelings pounded al-Ghail and al-Moton districts in Jawf province with artillery shells. Meanwhile, the army and popular committees repulsed an attempt of the hirelings to advance towards Waqaz area in al-Masloub district in Jawf, killing or injuring tens of them.
The hirelings targeted many areas in Serwah district of Mareb province with shells. They also hit a house in al-Noqob area in Usailan district of Shabwa province, the official said.
A woman was shot dead by Riyadh's hirelings in Oqbah zone in al-Jahmalia area of Taiz province, a security official said Saturday.
Oqbah zone was also bombed by the hirelings where many houses were damaged, according to the official.
Three people were critically injured when the hirelings targeted a mosque in al-Moton district of Jawf province.
The Saudi warplanes waged an air raid on al-Majram area in Haidan district of Sa'ada province, an air raid on al-Matar area in Serwah district of Mareb province, three raids on al-Masloub and al-Matmah district of Jawf province.
The warplanes dropped flash bombs on the sky of Bani Seham area in Khawlan al-Teyal district of Sana'a province.