Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Egypt affects Yemen again 

Egypt affects Yemen again 

By Nasser Arrabyee, 11/12/2012

Yemen's unfinished settlement might fail completely returning the country to violence and civil war. The new President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi appeared this week to be tired and helpless to stop the continuous political assassinations and sabotage acts against oil, gas, electricity and communication installations. 

Hadi accused the former President Ali Abdullah Saleh of being behind all those assassinations and sabotage acts that took and still take place all over the country.  However, Hadi's accusations were not official or completely public.

Hadi was speaking on Sunday December 9th, 2012 to army and security officials in a symposium on restructuring the army and security, and all of a sudden he asked journalists to turn off all cameras and recorders.

And then, he threatened to bring to justice all those spoilers of settlement including former President Saleh.

"Those who think they have immunity, they should know, we can cancel it, exactly the same as we made it," he said.

He said the army and security is still split between three commanders and he is only a nominal commander-in-chief.

The three commanders he meant are  the son of Saleh, Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, commander of the republican guards, and cousin of Saleh,  Ali Muhsen, commander of the first armored division, and the nephew of Saleh,  Yahya Saleh, the second man of the central security forces.

" I am the commander- in-chief of the armed forces, and the republican guards and first armored division are under the leadership of the minister of defense, and the central security is  under the leadership of the minister of interior," Hadi said.

"There are hundreds of billions of  embezzlements and corruptions in the army and security, and if they do not stop assassinations and sabotage acts, we will reveal their files and put them on trial ,"  Hadi added while all cameras and recorders were still off. 

The big question was why Hadi asked to turn off the cameras and recorders although he was in a big ceremony and the military and security commanders were from those loyal to him and those calculated not loyal to him. 

Obviously, he wanted to deliver a message to  spoilers including Saleh and Muhsen. What  President Hadi said  was not new to a lot of Yemenis who want Hadi to  do whatever he sees suitable to Yemen.

 He should be brave enough to take the appropriate decisions  on appropriate time. But he can not ignore two important things: The GCC initiative that is now governing the transitional period which ends only by elections in February 2014.  This initiative was also based on giving immunity from prosecution for Saleh and his senior aides. 

The second thing that Hadi can not ignore is the compromise, his government was  formed from Saleh's party ( 50%) and Saleh's opponents' parties  (50%).

The secretary of Saleh commented on the unofficial statements of Hadi as "very dangerous". The Political  Bureau of Saleh's party held an urgent meeting after the spread of the Hadi's statements. But no official position was taken. They only sent five people to Hadi to know what he said exactly and why. A source told the Weekly that Hadi released his statements only after he saw critical statements published by media close to  Saleh. 

  Ahmed Al Soufi, secretary of Saleh said if the statement was proved, then Hadi should not be in his current position in our party. President Hadi is still the secretary general of Saleh's party. 

"What we want from President Hadi is declare who is behind the assassinations and sabotage acts, and he should put them on trial, and if he can not , then he will not be able to protect interests of the people and unity '" he said.  

meanwhile, the slogan of 'The people want the fall of the regime'   has come back again to the minds and voices of the Yemeni youth who were emboldened and inspired by what is going now in Egypt. 

The difference here in Yemen is that the youth used this famous slogan  in a big conference on human rights while the prime minister was speaking on Sunday December 9th, 2012, in Sanaa.

A group of young protesters came to the conference only to tell the prime minister, Mohammed Basundaw, they do not want him and do not want  the whole regime,  in front of cameras. 

They came from their square " Change Square" where they are still sitting in their tents despite the fact that President Saleh was gone and a new President was elected early this year.

When Basundaw started to speak, they started to chant collectively "the people want the fall of the regime". And instead of calming them down, the prime minister angrily answered back " you are thugs, agents, and hired".
He also accused them of working for former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

"How much he paid you?," he provokingly asked them in front of cameras.

The angry youth, about 40 of them, jumped to the podium where the prime minster was speaking.  The  bodyguards tried to  repulse them, but they failed after one of the young people was injured, his right hand was broken as he was beaten by the guns.  The prime minister escaped with his bodyguards and the conference turned to chaos and hurly-burly.

The young people took the microphones and started to speak what they want.

 They refused everything, but to continue their revolution against the current regime. They also said that their friends are still in prisons of the government.
The prime minister widely criticized for what he said to the protesting young people. One of the leading protesters, Khaled Al Ansi said the prime minister was rude and he should apologize for the protesters. 

One of the protesters said the economic situation of those still sitting in was the reason behind that uprising in the conference. " What human rights they are are talking about, and we do not find to ear," said Saeed Saleh, one of the protesters. " Our friends who struggled to make Basudawh prime minister, are still in prison, and those injured do not have any care."

The defected general Ali Muhsen also criticized the prime minister Basundaw. 
General Muhsen, who defected from Saleh's regime last year and declared his support for the youth revolution, said that the government of Basundwa failed to protect the unity, and instead, it encouraged the rebels in the south and north for separating. 

Muhsen said in statements published in his newspaper Akhbar Al Youm, that the provinces of Saada, Hajja, Al Jawf and Marib are under the influence of Al Hputhi, and the south under the influence of separatists, and Taiz province under the influence of the supporters of Saleh. The government  was not able to do anything  to stop these rebellions. 

From their side, Saleh's supporters and and his party and 14 other parties allying with it, are now planning to make a million-man demonstration to demand that those behind assassinations and sabotage acts be revealed and put on trial.  

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