Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Final solution delayed but still valid 

By Nasser Arrabyee , 02/10/2011

Two things happened last week  and delayed the final solution for the  10-month  long political crisis of Yemen. 

The Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh was supposed to authorize his deputy to sign a Gulf-brokered deal and implement   all its steps until a new president is elected.

However, vice President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi left last week to United States for necessary medical checks. 

And so did the political advisor of President Saleh, Dr Abdul Kareem Al Eryani, who is the chief negotiator with the opposition forces about the GCC deal.

The UN envoy to Yemen, Jamal Bin Omar,consequently, delayed his trip to Yemen after the vice President Mr Hadi  had coordinated with him and told how long he would take for medical checks in US.

Both Mr Hadi and Mr Al Eryani are scheduled to return to Sanaa on November 4 and 3 respectively.

According to reliable sources in government and opposition, the UN envoy Bin Omar,will arrive on February  10 to attend the final consultations meeting with both sides before the GCC is signed by the vice President Mr Hadi.

Some of the opposition politicians confirmed Tuesday February 1st that they were informed by the US ambassador that Saleh had agreed to authorize his deputy to act for him until a new president is elected within three months maximum after the GCC deal is signed.

The authorization decree will stipulate that Saleh will remain president until a new president is elected  and that the  authorized deputy should not cancel him. This is a kind of guarantee.

Immediately, after the GCC deal is signed by Mr Hadi, and the implementation mechanism is approved by both sides , the UN Security Council  would issue a resolution binding all conflicting parties to implement the mechanism step by step and the UN envoy Bin Omar would be monitoring all steps and performance of all parties.  

After being authorized by President Saleh, vice president Mr Hadi,would entrust someone nominated by the opposition to form a  national unity government from the opposition coalition and the ruling party.

The opposition-chaired government would form a military and security committee chaired by Mr Hadi, to control the army and security. 

The son and three nephews of President Saleh will remain in their positions  as important commanders in army and security  until the end of the transitional period. 

Then, the vice president would call for presidential elections within three month. 

Mr Hadi himself would be the candidate of both the ruling party and the opposition as a man of national consensus.

Hadi would elected as a transitional president for two years during which all political and constitutional issues are supposed to be solved. 

However, the situation on the ground  remains  tense and escalation continues. The protesters refuse the GCC and insist on the ouster president Saleh without conditions, despite the fact that  more than 90 percent of them belong to the opposition parties who are involved in the GCC deal and negotiations with the ruling party.

The armed opposition tribesmen supported by defected troops are still in almost daily confrontations with the government forces inside the capital and other places.  


Yemen Nobel peace prize winner described as criminal and traitor 

A fundamentalist cleric described the Yemeni noble peace prize winner as a  " criminal, and traitor" calling  her for repentance.

" Tawakul Karman was given the prize of Jews and Christians as a reward for her major treason of Islam, State and the People," said The Salafi cleric Mohammed Al Emam in a lengthy lecture  on Ms Karman.

On September 30th, 2011, the Yemeni political activist Tawakul Karman was announced as a co-winner of the Nobel peace prize with two other Liberian women.

" This woman corrupted the women and men, and she and  those like her need to repent to Allah Almighty before they die," said Al  Emam in his lecture which was widely  distributed in Yemen by  followers this week.

Mohammed Al Emam,  heads one of  the largest and most famous and extremist  Salafi schools in Yemen.

In addition to his School, located in town  of Mabar, some 70 km south of the Yemeni capital Sanaa, there are about 4,000 other similar Salafi schools scattered all over the poor country. 

Gulf Salafi  businessmen and other religious groups, especially from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait, financially and logistically support these schools.

"This woman called for rebellion against Allah, and his Messenger and Hejab, and this a criminal call," said the Salafi cleric who has tens of thousands of followers in Yemen.

Al Emam also blasted Tawakul's party, the Islamist party, Islah and called its leaders to repent to Allah Almighty as well for  dealing with the enemies, in a clear reference to Americans and Westerners in general. 

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