The National Dialogue Conference


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The National Dialogue Conference

The National Dialogue Conference (NDC) was a political process aimed at reconciling the different political factions of Yemen in the aftermath of the 2011 youth uprising and President Saleh's resignation.

It lasted for ten months between March 2013 and January 2014 after several extensions were granted and without reaching consensus on critical issues, and especially on the Southern Question. The 565 delegates to the NDC were appointed by political parties and civil society organisations, were split evenly between northern and southern governorates, with 30 per cent of the positions reserved for women, and 20 per cent for the youth activists. Delegates were split into nine working groups according to topic, with the proposals of each group discussed in a plenary session. The NDC was under the chairmanship of President Hadi, and supervised by the UN Special Envoy for Yemen Jamal Benomar.

Thanos Petouris, SOAS, University of London