JMP to boycott Hadi’s inauguration ceremony
The General Peoples Congress, led by former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, is preparing to hold an inauguration ceremony on Monday, which Saleh is expected to attend.
JMP spokesman Abdu Al-Odaini told the Yemen Times that procedures taken in parliament with Hadi in attendance, and with members of Parliament and the Shura council, leaders of political parties, foreign ambassadors, diplomats and politicians on Saturday were quite enough to inaugurate Hadi.
Al-Odaini said the notion of such an inauguration is illegal, that it contradicts Yemeni traditions on such occasions, and that the aim of the inauguration is to return the country to a pre-February 21 position.
The JMP leader anticipated that only a small group of ambassadors and foreign diplomats would have lunch and leave, and denied that any pressure had been put on JMP leaders to attend the ceremony.
“The JMP makes its decisions independently, and no one can affect our decisions,” he said. “The JMP's Supreme Council met on Sunday and consensually decided to boycott the inauguration.”
He made it clear that they had informed President Hadi about their refusal to participate in the inauguration.
Al-Odaini said it is not in Hadi's favor to appear beside the former president at this time, stressing that such a move may irritate those people who voted for Hadi in the early presidential elections last Tuesday.
Media sources have stated that Saleh plans to conduct the inauguration in a manner that conveys that he is willingly ceding power to Hadi.
Commenting on the JMP and the inauguration, Saleh's media consultant, Ahmed Al-Sofi, said Yemen is a democratic state and the JMP has a right to boycott the ceremony.
Speaking to the media, General People's Congress (GPC) spokesman Abdul Al-Janadi, said that a massive celebration would be arranged for Saleh, and pointed out that Saleh would not abandon politics and that he would continue on as head of the GPC.
Al-Janadi, who is among the most loyal of Saleh's officials, affirmed that Saleh's voice would continue to be strong by way of the GPC.
The Yemeni constitution dictates that a new president take an oath before Parliament and that he obtain certification of his victory by the Supreme Commission of the Election and Referendum (SCER). It does not refer to any other procedures to be taken in the inauguration ceremony of new presidents.
Media sources have revealed that the Secretary-General of the Arab League and other Arab politicians will attend the inauguration.
Meanwhile, media reports have stated that Sadiq Al-Ahmar, paramount sheikh of the Hashid Tribal Confederation, will not attend the ceremony.
On Saturday, Hadi took an oath before Parliament and delivered an address in which he said the pursuit of Al-Qaeda is a religious and national duty, and hinted that he would continue the fight against Al-Qaeda.
He made it clear that Yemen has been plunged into crisis, and called upon all parties to engage in serious dialogue and to draft a new constitution that meets the Yemeni peoples' aspirations.
"We have to employ our energies in all fields of life and make security a reality that is felt by citizens," Hadi added.