With preparations under way for a new constitution and a general election in Yemen, a senior United Nations adviser is in the capital Sana'a working with all sides of a national dialogue conference to finalize how the Government should be structured and how to address the specific challenges linked to the South.
Special Adviser Jamal Benomar Tuesday congratulated Yemenis for conducting "the most genuine transparent and inclusive National Dialogue the Arab region has ever witnessed."
Benomar, who along with his team of experts is advising the Conference, urged all sides to cooperate on a final outcome document. He met with President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and leaders of all political parties on Sunday.
Since arriving last week, Benomar also met Prime Minister Mohamed Salem Basendwa, Minister of Foreign Affairs Abou Bakr AlQirbi, in addition to a wide range of leaders of politicians and civil society organizations.
The latest round of UN-backed National Dialogue Conference includes 565 delegates representing a cross-section of Yemeni society. The ongoing conference will feed into a constitution-making process and pave the way for general elections in 2014. Preparations for the electoral process are under way, including steps to create a new biometric voter registry, with registration due to begin this month.