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NDC member resigns, says small political parties are 'marginalized' at talks.

SANA'A, Sept. 25 -- A National Dialogue Conference (NDC) member handed in his resignation Tuesday in protest of being denied a chance to speak to the presidium of the State Building Working Group, of which he is a member. Abdulaziz Al-Bukair, the general secretary of the Social Nationalist Party, left the nation's reconciliatory talks in response to what he calls the marginalization of representatives from small political parties and independent representatives. Al-Bukair is the only representative of the Social Nationalist Party at the NDC. The Social Nationalist Party was recognized by the Parties Affairs Committee, the body responsible for registering parties in the country, as an official political entity in February 1997. Al-Bukair accused the dialogue's presidium, the conference's governing body, of pre-determining the conference's outcomes.

"Since the start of dialogue, the presidium has controlled the NDC, diminishing the tasks of the working groups," he said. Hamza Al-Kamali, an independent member at the NDC, said Al-Bukair is an example of the voices of smaller political parties that is being drowned out by the powerhouses, namely, the General People's Congress (GPC) and the Islah Party.

"Dialogue participants are treated like school students who should listen and not speak," he said.

Yasser Al-Ruaini, the deputy general secretary of the NDC, downplayed Al-Kamali and Al-Bukair's claims. "Al-Bukair exaggerated the issue, but it will be taken care of," Al-Ruaini said. "The dialogue's time frame is over. So we should not focus on the outcomes." Members of the Social Nationalist Party ran in parliamentary elections in 1993 and 1977, but did not win seats. Candidates ran again in the 2003 election, but lost out again.

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Publication:Yemen Times (Sana'a, Yemen)
Date:Sep 25, 2013
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