Yemen President: dialogue "days away" from a united and federal Yemen

Published October 8th, 2013 - 03:40 GMT
Yemen's president Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi says that only a few remaining issues need to be discussed to establish a federal and united country and solve the southern question (Courtesy of Khaled Abdullah/Reuters)
Yemen's president Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi says that only a few remaining issues need to be discussed to establish a federal and united country and solve the southern question (Courtesy of Khaled Abdullah/Reuters)

Yemen's president Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi announced Tuesday that Yemen's national dialogue is a "a few days away" from establishing a "united and federal Yemen," according to AFP sources. Speaking at the dialogue in Sanaa, the Yemeni president expressed confidence in the delegation's ability to resolve a "few remaining issues"  to usher in the new federal structure era of Yemen.


The national dialogue talks scheduled to be completed in mid-September have been delayed due to diverging demands on how many regions the new, federal Yemen should include. Delegates from the previously-independent southern part of the country have demanded that the country be divided into two regions, the north and the south, whereas northern delegates have demanded a new Yemen made up of several regions.


A new constitution and elections scheduled for February have also been main topics for discussion during the dialogue. Meetings among delegates to resolve these "few remaining issues" will continue until the Eid holiday and will resume again on October 21st.


The dialogue was intially launched in March, but was boycotted by the Southern Movement, a separatist group who favors recession from Yemen entirely. Other similar groups have also called for complete secession and are organizing a rally in Aden, the former capital of the South during its independence.


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