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Yemen’s National Dialogue Paralyzes Government

While intended to keep an eye on the progress of Yemen’s democratic transition, the National Dialogue Conference seems to have stalled the general operation of the country.
Delegates attend a national dialogue meeting at a hotel in Sanaa March 26, 2013. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: POLITICS) - RTXXY12
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In Yemen, the entirety of society, including its political, economic and media elites, are concerned with one subject: the National Dialogue Conference that was launched on March 18, 2013. The dialogue caught everyone’s attention, including the international community, and the country’s elite exerted great efforts in its favor.

During such social events as weddings and funerals, people focused their conversations so exclusively on the dialogue that any other subject was seen as useless and out of context. Even those who refused to take part in the dialogue are also occupied with talking about its uselessness and absurdity. According to Southern Movement leaders like Ali Salim al-Beidh, it is a conspiracy fomented against the youth revolution and a way to circumvent the issue of the south.

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