Divided reaction to newly established committee from members and public
Some consider the Technical Committee a good start to pave the way for the National Dialogue slated for November. On the contrary, others voiced objections about the people involved with the committee.
Mohammed Saif, writer and political analyst, said the names included in the committee have been approved following full examination and investigation. He said names were presented to Jamal Benomar, the U.N. Envoy to Yemen.
Saif said that forming the committee is a prologue to embarking on the National Dialogue as a way to lift Yemen out of the ongoing crisis.
The revolutionary youth in Sana’a’s Change Square have objected to the decision of establishing this committee. Waleed Al-Amari, an activist in Change Square, said youth have been neglected and no one represents them in the committee.
Committee members are divided equally between the parties; moreover, no certain criteria were taken into account to ensure the dialogue is successful, according to Al-Amari.
Maizer Al-Junaid, mouthpiece of the Revolutionary Youth Council, said the president's decree is an invitation to civil strife, not to National Dialogue.
The youth have not been the only side attacking the formation of this committee. The spokesperson of the Joint Meeting Parties, Ahmed Al-Bahri, raised questions about the declaration of such a decision; the Al-Umah party and the rest of the JMP are not represented in the National Dialogue.
"Such exclusion doesn’t help the political process in Yemen,” Al-Bahri said. “It will derail the dialogue and may drive the nation to return to its past troubles.”
President Hadi issued a decision July 14 aimed at establishing the preparatory committee for the National Dialogue.
The Technical Committee includes 25 members who hailed from political parties, Houthis, the Southern Movement, the youth in change squares across Yemen and civil society organizations.
According to the presidential decree, the choice of committee members was based on actual abilities of members to represent a wide range of people nationwide.
The decree stipulated the task of the committee ends Sept. 30, when a detailed report is to be presented to the president.
According to the decree, the Technical Committee is the first step of the transitional process endorsed by the Gulf Initiative. The second step is drafting a new constitution; the third is preparing for general elections in the end of the transitional period and finally preparing a new electoral record.