Political transition settlement reached in Yemen – UN envoy

Jamal Benomar, the UN Special Adviser on Yemen, told reporters in Sana’a, the capital, that the negotiations on a settlement “have been successfully completed under my facilitation” and the pact was formally signed later in neighbouring Saudi Arabia.Under the agreement, President Ali Abdullah Saleh will hand over his powers to Vice-President Abed Rabbo Mansour al-Hadi and presidential elections will be staged within 90 days. Over the next two years, a government of national unity will establish a national dialogue to ensure that a broad section of society takes part in determining Yemen’s future, with a constitutional review to follow.Mr. Benomar said in a press statement that new political actors will be able to form political parties and compete in elections held at the end of the two-year transition process.“These steps will, I hope, create a strong basis for a fully inclusive and participatory transition process, giving civil society, including the youth and women, a true stake in Yemen’s future,” he said.“Towards this end, the parties have agreed to engage immediately with the youth movements in the squares to seek their support for and active participation in the transition process.”Commending Yemen’s youth for generating “the momentum for change,” the Special Adviser said “the door is now open for you to make a real difference in the transition.”Today’s agreement follows months of deadly clashes between supporters and opponents of Mr. Saleh and his regime, part of the so-called Arab Spring movement that has swept the Middle East and North Africa this year.Mr. Benomar stressed that the agreement’s success depended on its full implementation, and he urged all sides to honour their commitments to immediately cease all violent acts and refrain from further provocations.He noted that the agreement would not have been possible without the commitment of Mr. Saleh, the Vice-President, the General People’s Congress and the National Council for the Peaceful Revolutionary Forces.He also thanked the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the European Union and Security Council members for their efforts to bring about a peaceful transition.Speaking to reporters at UN Headquarters in New York, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was encouraged by the agreement and pledged the UN’s assistance to ensure the pact is fully implemented.“I will do my best to mobilize the necessary resources and support so that peace and stability and democratic order will be restored in Yemen,” he said.In a statement issued later by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban emphasized the “great suffering and hardship” endured by Yemenis and urged all sides to honour their commitments under the agreement.“This will be essential for restoring peace and stability and promoting recovery,” the statement noted. 23 November 2011Yemen’s warring forces have agreed to a political transition settlement, the top United Nations envoy to the country announced today, calling the deal “an important milestone towards restoring peace and stability, maintaining national unity and territorial integrity, and laying the foundation for economic recovery.” read more

The Latest US adds just 130K jobs boosted by Census hiring

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the August jobs report (all times local):8:30 a.m.U.S. employers added a modest 130,000 jobs in August, a sign that global economic weakness and President Donald Trump’s trade war with China may have begun to slow hiring.The job gains were lifted by the temporary hiring of 25,000 government workers for the 2020 Census. Excluding all government hiring, businesses added 96,000 jobs, the fewest since May.The Labor Department says the unemployment rate remained 3.7%, near the lowest level in five decades, for the third straight month. The rate was flat for a positive reason: Americans surged into the workforce, lifting the proportion of adults working or looking for work to its highest level since February.Job gains have averaged 150,000 a month for the past six months, down from 223,000 for all of last year.___12:01 a.m.U.S. employers are expected to have hired at another healthy pace in August, a trend that could power the economy through a rough patch stemming from a global slowdown and the Trump administration’s trade war with China.Economists have forecast that businesses and governments added 160,000 jobs last month, nearly the same as July’s 164,000 gain. That pace is more than enough to keep up with population growth and over time could reduce the unemployment rate, now near a 50-year low of 3.7%, even further.The rate of job creation is significant because at a time when the economy is slowing, additional steady hiring — and higher pay — would fuel consumer spending, the primary driver of growth. Unlike consumers, many businesses have slowed their spending and delayed expansion.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press read more