Yemen to overhaul security agencies

Sept. 18, 2013 at 9:28 AM

SANAA, Yemen, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- A working group in Yemen said its draft report on the rule of law calls for an overhaul of national security and intelligence institutions.

Members of a good governance working group said they approved a draft final report on eight constitutional provisions and nearly two dozen other legislative items.

The draft called for the restructuring of national security and intelligence institutions and greater consideration for basic civil rights. Another provision canceled a tribal affairs bureau, which lawmakers said put tribal issues before the rule of law, the official Saba News Agency reported Tuesday.

Hundreds of Yemeni delegates are working on a national security agenda. The government last month issued an apology for historical mistakes made during civil conflict in the 1990s.

Ali Abdullah Saleh was declared president of a united Yemen in 1990. Political grievances eventually led to civil war threatening the nation's unity. Southern separatists were defeated in a 1994 civil war waged between the former northern and southern Yemeni states.

Yemeni President Abdo Rabu Manour Hadi took power in 2012 after longtime President Saleh stepped down in the wake of the Middle East and North African upheavals known as the Arab Spring.

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