Clinton Commends Yemeni Presidential Poll (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gavriel Queenann 02/22/12)
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Yemeni electoral officials Wednesday were still counting votes after
Tuesday´s presidential poll in which the nation´s interim leader was
the only candidate.
Vice President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi is expected to be rubber
stamped in an election that ends the 33-year reign of President Ali
Electoral officials in Yemen say that turnout in Tuesday´s vote
reached 60 per cent nationwide, but in the south, where ten people
were killed in clashes between separatists and police, turnout was
"Average nationwide voter participation reached 60 per cent," an
official, who spoke with Gulf News on condition of anonymity, said.
In the main southern city of Aden, 50 per cent of eligible voters
cast their ballots, while in other southern provinces, turnout was
less than 40 per cent.
Separatists in the south rejected a single candidate poll, but Hadi
is widely seen as seen as an honest broker by opposition leaders,
members of Saleh´s old guard, and international actors in Yemen.
Saleh´s departure and Hadi´s uncontested election were a part of a
Washington-backed deal brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council for a
smooth transition of power in Yemen.
Under the deal Hadi, who has effectively run the country since an
assassination attempt on Saleh in June 2011, will head unity
government tasked with undertaking much needed political and
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hailed the vote as "another
important step forward in their [Yemen´s] democratic transition
"The election sends a clear message that the people of Yemen are
looking forward to a brighter democratic future," she said, pledging
Washington would "continue to support Yemen" in its "urgent economic,
social and humanitarian challenges."
Over the weekend, Hadi outlined his government’s two-year plan,
focusing on the need to reunify the army, destroy al-Qaeda, and carry-
out “radical reforms.”
Resolving the “economic problem is our top priority, but our current
circumstances and the consequences of the recent (political) crisis
has forced us to ask for help,” Hadi said.
“This is why we are renewing our request for urgent aid and support
from brotherly and friendly countries to allocate funds,” pledged to
Yemen by donors.
He further proposed the “establishment of an emergency fund to help
the Yemeni government overcome the current economic crisis.”
The International Monetary Fund says it is ready to discuss fresh aid
when the situation in Yemen is calmer, but that it cannot adopt and
implement economic reforms until there is a government in place.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 02/22/12)
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