Yemen’s PGC Refuse to Take Part in TV Debate with Opposition

Published May 21st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Qatari Al-Jazira Satellite Channel failed to broadcast an edition of its weekly program 'Opposite Direction' Tuesday, May 9, which was devoted to deal with the 10th anniversary of Yemen's unification, reported the Yemen Times Saturday.  

According to the newspaper, People's General Conference Party (PGC) refused to have its representative to the TV conference program sitting face-to-face with Haider Al-Attas or Yaseen Saeed Numan from the Yemen Socialist Party (YSP). 

A source from the Socialist Party told the newspaper that his party denied what Al-Jazira Channel has mentioned about a heated argument as taking place in a meeting of the party politburo, clarifying that the party refused Al-Jazeera's dictation of the party's representative to the program and insisted that it was the party's job. 

The PGC refused to have its representative participating in the program with Al- Attas due to his being on the black list comprising names of banned opposition figures - called 16 List, said the newspaper.  

The PGC had earlier accepted the participation of Abdullah Ahmad Ghanim, minister of legal affairs in the debate with Jarallah Omar, head of the political office of YSP, added Yemen Times. 

Observers saw that the YSP refusal of Jarallah's participation in the program was because of a decision taken at a recent Damascus meeting of the party on its adherence to the outside leadership particularly those on the 16 list.  

The PGC demands the YSP to define a clear stand condemning those included in the list of 16 to accordingly be ousted from the party, said the newspaper - 

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