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Yemen panel to draft charter on six-region federation

Published on Mar 9, 2014 4:01 PM

SANAA (AFP) - President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi has ordered a panel to draw up a constitution that would transform Yemen into a six-region federation, state media reported, despite opposition in the north and south.

The 17-member panel, which includes four women, is expected to implement a decentralisation plan agreed at a national conference last year to create four regions in north Yemen and two in the south.

The presidential decree gives the panel one year to draw up the constitution to be put to a referendum within a year, after being adopted by a commission overseeing its work, the official Saba news agency reported on Saturday.

The panel composed of experts including former diplomats and judges was ordered to act "independently of the executive branch and political formations in the country," said Saba.

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