Statement from Islah Party Leader Mohammad Qahtan. I’m not sure I like this tactic either – resorting to conspiracies is not a sign of a strong opposition. Plus, is it me or is he conceding another term to Saleh here? I do like the more offense-oriented tone, but they really need to find some substance.
September 30, 2007 – A senior leader of the Joint Meeting Parties, Mohammad Qahtan, said that the president’s new declared initiative had come to only solve the president’s problems due to the wave of soaring prices, and not to solve the people’s problems.
“The ruling power aims to grant the president new two terms” added Qahtan in a political symposium in Dhamar province.” Qahtan said.
He labeled the authorities as narrow-minded ,affirming that they only think of tribe and family at the expense of the nation.
The Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh had announced a new imitative for constitutional reform .
According to Saleh’s imitative, the new amendments would cut the presidential term from seven to five years, and reduce the parliamentary term to four from six years.
He further said that the expected changes will shift the current parliamentary system into a presidential system in which he would hold the posts of head of state and head of cabinet.