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Yemen ruling party calls for dialogue on GCC power-transfer roadmap

(Xinhua)

09:31, September 08, 2011

SANAA, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- Yemen's ruling party on Wednesday called on the opposition to hold dialogue for rapidly setting a mechanism for power transition based on a Gulf-brokered deal to resolve the prolonged standoff, the party said in a statement.

The move came in line with a direction by President Ali Abdullah Saleh last week that asked his party to agree with the opposition on an operational mechanism to implement the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) initiative to transfer power peacefully.

Saleh, who is still in Saudi Arabia for rehabilitation, also said he "is willing this time to sign the GCC deal to prepare for holding early elections for electing a new president for Yemen."

"The General Committee of the ruling General People's Congress (GPC) called on the leaders of the opposition Joint meeting Parties (JMP) to sit down as soon as possible for peaceful dialogue with the GPC representatives to seek a compromise for setting an agreed mechanism to implement the GCC initiative," according to the statement.

The statement stipulated that the proposed meeting with JMP and the process of moving power from Saleh should be conducted "under the supervision of the GCC leaders and the permanent members of the UN Security Council."

"After the GPC and JMP reached agreed operational mechanism, President Saleh will issue a resolution to authorize Vice President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi with the necessary constitutional authority to begin to implement the GCC deal and arrange for agreed-schedule early presidential elections," the statement added.

No deal has been reached yet for holding dialogue with the opposition, according to a party official, who told Xinhua that " the leaders of the GPC did not change to the original version of the GCC deal that was initiated in April, but provided an extended three-month transitional period for Saleh to resign."

The GCC initiative that was agreed by the opposition stipulated 30 days for Saleh to resign, but the latter had backed out from signing it for three times.

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