Archive for December 2011
After ten months of protesting to topple the regime, Yemenis say “the cake” was divided between the ruling party and the opposition parties as a result of the protests. The youth who have started the protest have not reached any of their aims. The revolution in Yemen was hijacked by political parties to get to power after decades of dreaming of it and the change is really slow.
On the other hand, The independent youth mobilized their power to change the game to their favor. They decided to march in a different way this time to tell the world that they are still fighting for the change they want in Yemen. The march this time was for a 170 Mile from Taiz -the second largest city- to the capital Sana’a. Thousands have been marching since Tuesday Morning are expected to arrive to Sana’a on Friday Morning. the protesters called their march, The March of life indicating bringing life to their revolution after months of political negotiations.
The March was scheduled prior to the exceptional parliamentary session to vote for President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s immunity on Dec.25 according to the power transition deal that was signed in Nov.23. the deal delegated Saleh deputy to be the acting president until an early election is held on Feb.21. in return Saleh and whoever has worked for him should be given immunity from prosecution by the parliament. The deal also brought the opposition political parties to power by a fifty fifty government style.
It is worth mention that the current parliament is headed by Yahia al-Ra’I who was proved paying for thugs to kill protesters.
Protesters from change square in Sana’a went to Dhamar to receive the March and join it to the end of their journey.
“The march is so tiring, our shoes cannot bear it any more, our faces look like we came from the graves, but we walk joyfully as we are walking toward heaven” said one of the protesters.
Change square protesters in Sana’a organize a reception for the march.
“We are organizing a reception ceremony, whoever wants to participate should rejecter his/ her name before Friday morning” said Abdallah Samof Sana’a Organizing committee. He added that buses will be transferring the participant from change Square to Naqeel Yasleeh –One of Sana’a entries- to start the celebration.
The youth decided to march in front of the parliament and the cabinet on Saturday to reject the immunity. Also to examine the opposition that became part of the government if they will act the same way Saleh acted or not.
The March of Life is the first of its kind since the Arab spring has begun. It is aimed to left up the youth spirit. And to unify their efforts. Thugs are reported getting prepared in Naqeel Yasleh.
Many Questions followed the power transition deal signing ceremony in Nov.23 in which President Ali Saleh who had been in office for 33 years, has delegated his authorities to his deputy Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
These are some of the questions that Yemenis do not have clear answers to:
What would happen if Hadi was killed before the censuses election that is supposed to be hold in Feb.21? There are some parties who will benefit from sabotage the deal especially that the deal excluded many main parties in the Yemeni political life
What will happen if the Parliament did not vote for Saleh’s immunity in Dec.25?.
What will happen if other strong candidates run for the presidency election inFeb.21 that was designed in the deal to legitimate VP Hadi to be the next president for two years.
IIt is worth mentioning that only two parties signed the deal which means practically it is not obligating independent youth, the Houthies and southern Movement. So any candidate from these parties can run for the election.
According to the Yemeni blogger and journalist Afrah Nasser , the Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakkol Karman ,32, announced that she will run for Feb.21 presidency election, although in September Karman answered my question about the possibility of her running for presidency by saying “Presidency is not my ambition, I want to stay as a part of the youth Movement to be always watch dogs”.
The Yemeni constitution stats that candidates should be at least 40 years old. The big question will be what would happen then??
UN envoy Jamal Benomar, who has the responsibility to submit a report on the deal progress and Yemen situation to the Security Council, visited Saleh today.
according to the state news agency Benomar updated Saleh on what he found in his two short visits to Aden and Taiz. He also updated him on his latest talks with different political parties. Al-Tageer net, independent news website, quoted high official who asked to remain anonymous that Beomar along with the USA ambassador in Sana’a are holding talks with, defected Majior General Ali Mohsen and Saleh in order to re-unify the military which is part of deal. The question is, according to the deal Saleh has no power, why would Benomer update him on the situation. Why would he be part of the talks on unifying the military, when it should be hold with his son, Ahmed Ali, who is the commander of the Republican guards?
Is Saleh still the supreme leader of the armed forces or that task was delegated to VP Hadi as well?
Finally the most important Question, why was the Independent youth who started the revolution in Feb. 2011 left out of the deal?? What is the role they should play now to stop hijacking the revolution? What are the tools they have for such role, especially if the new government tried to remove the protests.
If the Yemeni people had someone trustworthy to answer these questions, they would have a chance to decide wisely what they want next. Transparency is what they need before anything else.
SANAA, Dec.11 – In the last month of 2011 four Yemenis won international awards in everything from human rights to signing competitions. Yemen saw bloody political unrest, an economic crash and a widespread humanitarian crisis in 2011, but still managed to end the year on a more positive note. On Saturday Yemeni human rights activist Tawakul Karman received her shared Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. Karman received the prize along with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first democratically elected female president of Liberia, along with Liberian women’s rights campaigner Leymah Gbowee. Karman was awarded the prize in recognition of her peaceful struggle; she has been calling for human rights and justice since 2006. She is now the both the youngest person to win as well as being the first Arab woman to receive the Nobel Prize. Karman is also one of the leaders of Yemen’s peaceful youth revolution and spent at least six months in Sana’a’s Change Square. Her first travel after winning was to Qatar a week later where she was received with joy and honor. On her way to the airport soldiers loyal to now horary president Ali Abdullah Saleh chanted for her. Karman left Yemen in October but has not given up her fight, travelling to the US, Europe and elsewhere campaigning on behalf of Yemen’s revolution. She has vowed not to return until Saleh steps down. “I have always believed that resistance against repression and violence is possible without relying on similar repression and violence,” she said at the ceremony. “I have always believed that human civilization is the fruit of the effort of both women and men. So, when women are treated unjustly and are deprived of their natural right in this process, all social deficiencies and cultural illnesses will be unfolded, and in the end the whole community, men and women, will suffer. “The solution to women’s issues can only be achieved in a free and democratic society in which human energy is liberated, the energy of both women and men together. Our civilization is called human civilization and is not attributed only to men or women.” A day before the Nobel Prize Ceremony, Yemenis received the news that young Yemeni singer Najeeb Al-Mukbeli, 26, had won first place in the Gulf Star signing competition. He became the second Yemeni in a row to win the competition following Fuad Abdulwahid who predicted on Facebook that his fellow Yemeni Al-Mukbeli, who sang a song for Yemen when the results were announced, would win. He has now signed five years contract with Rotana Music Company. Arwa Othman, a Yemeni photographer, received the Ana Maria Mamuliti 2011 international prize from the Italian Foundation Alimerva. Othamn established the House of Folklore in 2004 in Sana’a, where she is a distinguished writer and a well-known face of the Yemeni revolution. She was awarded the prize for her role in boosting Yemeni culture and traditional folklore. Othman was forced to flee to Egypt because of the deteriorating security situation in Yemen. In April she was a victim of extremist violence because of her role in leading opposition marches against Saleh’s regime. Finally, Yemeni journalist Khaild Al-Hammadi was presented an award by the international organization, Canadian Journalists For Free Expression. Al-Hammadi is a journalist for Al-Jazeera TV and a freelance producer for Al-Jazeera English TV; he also works as a photojournalist for Agence-France Presse. Al-Hammadi won the award for his brave coverage of the Yemeni revolution, which he continued to report on despite death threats for his work.
By: Emad Al-Sakkaf & Shatha Al-Harazi