IPU confirms support for legitimacy in Yemen

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Updated 02 April 2017

IPU confirms support for legitimacy in Yemen

JEDDAH: The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) confirmed its support for Yemen’s unity, sovereignty and legitimate leadership, and rejected the coup by the Houthis and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
This came during the meeting of the Yemeni parliamentary delegation that is taking part in the IPU conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The Yemeni delegation — headed by the vice chairman of Yemen’s Parliament, Muhammad Al-Shaddadi — reviewed the situation in Yemen, including continuous violations against the Yemeni people by Iran-supported rebels.
The delegation said these militias practice terrorism and racist discrimination, Yemen’s official news agency reported.
Al-Shaddadi met with IPU President Saber Chowdhury and Secretary-General Martin Chungong.
They discussed the state of Yemen’s Parliament, which was closed by rebels, who arrested MPs and threatened to kill them.
The Parliament was moved to the temporary capital Aden as a result, but has not yet been established. The Yemeni delegation invited Chowdhury and Chungong to visit Aden.


Royal pardon for Moroccan journalist jailed for abortion

Updated 16 October 2019

Royal pardon for Moroccan journalist jailed for abortion

  • The case of Raissouni outraged rights activists
  • She was convicted last month of having extramarital sex and an abortion

RABAT: Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has pardoned Hajjar Raissouni, a journalist convicted last month of having extramarital sex and an abortion, along with her fiance, a doctor and two of his colleagues, the justice ministry said on Wednesday.
The case of Raissouni, who had denied the charges against her, outraged rights activists who said she had been targeted for her work for a newspaper that has criticized the state, and because she is the niece of a prominent Islamist.