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Posted on 02/03/2014 8:58:16 AM PST by robowombat
Prominent Shia member of Yemeni reconciliation talks killed
By Ken Hanly
Jan 22, 2014
Sanaa - As the reconciliation talks, the National Dialogue, come to an end, a prominent member of the Houthi Shia delegation has been assassinated. Ahmad Sharafeddin , a law professor, was shot as he drove from his house in the capital Sanaa to the hotel where the National Dialogue is taking place. The gunmen escaped. Another Houthi representative, a member of parliament, was killed in a similar attack last November. Sharafeddin was on his way to the final session of the National Dialogue that started in March and is designed to reconcile different factions in Yemen and plan a transition to democracy. Sharaffedin had been dean of law at Sanaa university.
The Houthis are a group of Shia separatists who control an area in the north. Recently they have been involved in clashes with Sunni Salafists that have resulted in more than 200 casualties. A ceasefire was reached earlier this month with the Salafists moving to another city out of the area. Clashes still continue in some areas.
Yemeni president Mansour Hadi said that Sharaffedin was a martyr and that "forces of evil" were trying to halt the transition to democracy in Yemen. The National Dialogue talks were part of an agreement brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council in which former president Saleh handed power over to Hadi who was then vice-president. Hadi was elected president in February 2012 but was the only candidate.
Yesterday National Dialogue delegates agreed to allow Hadi to remain in office until a new constitution is approved and general elections are held. He will also head a committee to draft a new constitution. The group agreed on a new federal system but the details have yet to be worked out by a committee headed by Hadi. It remains to be seen whether the results will quell the drive for independence in the south.
Yemen has been plagued by violence not only from separatists in the south but from Al Qaeda in the Arabia Peninsula that constantly attacks the military and politicians. Recently an Iranian diplomat was also killed after an attempt to kidnap him failed.
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Interesting way to reconcile.