Written By: Yemen Observer Staff
Article Date: Jul 7, 2012 - 2:04:25 PM
A group of Yemeni scholars led by Abdul- Majeed al-Zindani – prominent cleric and powerful tribal leader linked to al-Islah, Yemen’s Islamic political faction - criticized the Liaison Committee responsible for engaging different Yemeni factions in dialogue, for excluding them from the dialogue process.
“We expected the Committee would contact scholars as it did all other parties in Yemen. However, the deadline for the committee has come to an end and the scholars were not called in,” said a statement released following a press conference inJuly 2 where scholars gathered to discuss the current situation.
The committee started in May 8 to address grievances aired by different Yemeni factions in order to prepare for the National Dialogue which is part of the GCC brokered deal.
The scholars, who go under the umbrella of the Yemeni Scholar Authority – YSA -, called on President Hadi to include them. “As God has required scholars to clarify things [for people], He required people to turn to scholars and ask about all their matters…,” the statement read.
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