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Saleh Asks Forgiveness And Leaves

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FILE - In this Friday, April 8, 2011 file photo, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh reacts while looking at his supporters, not pictured, during a rally supporting him, in Sanaa,Yemen. Yemeni officials say outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh will leave soon to Oman, en route to medical treatment in the United States. Washington has been trying to get Saleh out of Yemen _ though not to settle in the U.S. _ to allow a peaceful transition from his rule. However, there appear to be differences whether Saleh would remain in exile. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File)
SANA’A, Jan. 22 — President Ali Abdullah Saleh has left Yemen On Sunday to Oman after giving a farewell speech on Yemen TV.

In his speech he also asked his people for forgiveness and announced that he is leaving to seek medical treatment in the USA after being granted immunity from persecution.

“I will travel and return for the next president’s swearing-in ceremony,” said Saleh. Elections are due to be held on February 21, though the parliament has already named Vice President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi as the sole candidate.

In the conference aired on Yemen TV, Saleh announced that all his authorities are now delegated to Hadi as well as promoting him to Field Marshal, head of the Yemeni military.

“I promote Hadi to the rank of Field Marshal as a reward for his loyalty,” said Saleh in his farewell speech.

Associated Press reported that Saleh will now head to Oman, en route to the United States for medical treatment. While, the US is not willing to offer him permanent leave to remain, it is reportedly trying to find a country willing to take the ousted president.

On Saturday the Yemeni parliament finally approved Saleh’s controversial immunity law, after it was repeatedly postponed, and finally amended, since December. Prime Minister of the interim government Mohammed Salem Basundwa gave a brief, tearful speech prior to the vote, designed to motivate MPs to vote in favor of immunity for Saleh.

“I know that by asking you to approve this law I will be cursed by some people, and some others will be blessed but as I told you before I am ready to be killed in the street for this country,” said Basundwa.

Following the law’s approval, independent youth marched in Change Square, voicing their rejection of any immunity on Saturday night. A video produced by the SupportYemen campaign, called “take a wake in my shoes”, sought to highlight their demands to the international community, and explain why they cannot accept the immunity law.

However, before being approved, the law was amended to remove the blanket amnesty for Saleh’s aids and regime over the last 33 years. The final version of the law limited the immunity to officials only, and only for “politically motivated” crimes committed while conducting official duties.

UN envoy Jamal Benomar welcomed the law in a press conference on Saturday but made it clear that the immunity does not cover certain crimes.

“The UN cannot condone a broad amnesty that covers UN classified crimes against humanity, genocide, war crimes, gross violations of human rights, and sexual violence,” said Benomar.

But according to the law, Saleh’s now enjoys full immunity from prosecution in Yemen. However, the immunity only extends to the date that the law was passed. Even Saleh is accountable for any crimes committed from January 22.

A National Reconciliation and Transitional Justice project will also be set up by the government to offer compensation to victims’ families.

“The immunity includes everything, even Al-Nahden explosions that targeted Saleh, as no blood is more expensive than another,” said MP Ali Abd Rabu Al-Qadhi of the independent bloc. “The National Reconciliation project will consider those who lost relatives or properties.”

On Sunday, the air force protested at Sana’a International Airport, demanding the removal of Saleh’s half-brother, Mohammed Saleh Al-Ahmer, chief of the air force. Many high-ranking officials are also members of Saleh’s family – and campaigners have been calling for their removal as well.

Flights were delayed due to the protests, while arriving flights were diverted to Taiz, Hodeida and Aden, according to Colonel Ahmed Saleh.

“We will never give up our demands, if General Mohammed Saleh Al-Ahmer listened to us and gave us our rights we would have accepted, but now it is too late, we demands his departure above anything,” said the Colonel.

According to Saleh, Al-Ahmer stole billions of rials under the name of air force employees’ bonuses, nutrition packs and weapons. He also deprived them of promotion opportunities for years.

Minister of Defense Mohammed Nasr Ahmed met with Al-Ahmer to solve the situation, while Hadi promised to respond to their demands within two days.

 

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Written by shatha

January 23, 2012 at 12:44 pm

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reactions on GCC deal

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No to GCC deal لا للمبادرة الخليجية

This post is a collection of Yemenis point of views on the GCC initiative that is supposed to be signed today between the political opposition parties and the ruling party headed by president Ali Abdullah Saleh and his Deputy Abdurabu Manure Hadi, the deal that has been negotiated since April [eight months so far], it is worth mentioning that the deal is not clear to the public all what people talk about is that the deal guarantee impunity to Saleh although more than 2195 has died between February and August 2011according to Abaad studies and researches center.

Nadwa Dawsari-Johnson commented on Facebook describing the GCC deal

“ ‎1.Saleh remains president. Forget about him giving up his powers to Hadi. We all know that it is not going to happen. If Saleh is here and he has impunity and his arms are still there it is HE who will rule Yemen. “ she added,”

2.A committee to oversee military and security forces. That committee has the authorities to fire commanders who “don’t listen to orders”. This means Saleh’s sons, nephews and relatives will continue to command security and military units!!!”

3.”Elections by January. That is the MOST stupid thing. First technically we need 9 months to organize an election (voter registration, voter education, campaigning period, then elections). The current voter registry is not only old but also full of fraud. JMP themselves know that. I don’t know how they agreed on elections based on that VR but I guess, as always, JMP is after negotiations for sharing seats not really fair and free elections.

4.The mechanism gives Saleh and his family impunity from trial.

5.Government and parliament decisions are taken by consensus??!!!This opens the doors so wide for games playing and stalemate tactics.”

Fatima al-Aghbari and activist said “symbolic president!!! Why is it [Yemen] a company or an organization”.

Khalid al-Ansi, one of the protests leaders posted that the question should not be if Saleh will sign it or not it should be how many he has killed since 22 of May until 22 of Nov? he also posted “the opposition will be part of the regime as soon as the GCC deal is implemented as the opposition will form a unity government with the “killers” and the opposition will have to swear an oath to Hadi, Saleh’s deputy and partner in killing, then the revolution youth will have to continue their revolution and call to topple the regime that the opposition will be part of”

 

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November 22, 2011 at 7:55 am

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Locals in Abyan accuse regime of fomenting chaos

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SANA’A, June 26 — A leading Al-Qaeda figure confirmed to the Yemen Times that the fight in Abyan governorate, which has displaced over 1,300 families from the governorate, is against Al-Qaeda warriors and other cooperating “armed groups” that do not belong to Al-Qaeda, but share the same aim on the ground.

Locals told the Yemen times that security forces didn’t fight the armed groups as effectively as they could, so that they could to show the world that the southern part of Yemen is always under threat of terrorism, and that they could only be unified with the north under the current regime’s control.

Mohamed Khanbash, a lieutenant colonial from a village only 20 km away from Zinjibar, said that it was easy for the armed groups to overcome the city and government facilities.

“They [the regime] want to send a message to the US that the Joint Meeting Party or the revolutionaries are those behind the armed groups in Abyan, to make the US take a position against the revolution,” said Khanbash.

Although the locals believe the armed groups are sent by the regime, they try to keep them out of their villages in order to avoid drone strikes. “We advise some of these armed people not to enter our villages to avoid troubles and they listen,” said Khanbesh.

“The authority wants to create chaos in the south. They are doing their worst against us with their policies,” said a local from Abyan.

Khalid Al-Abd, a local journalist from Loder in Abyan, said that the situation is in Loder is terrible, with long queues for fuel and gas, and business completely stopped.

“The armed groups in Zinjibar are originally from Loder. They were found by some of the regime figures in Sana’a who are claiming their support for the revolution now,” said Al-Abd.

“What’s happening in Abyan should be questioned this way: why is the fight against terrorists happening only in the south and not in the north? It’s a play to make unification sound like the only solution to counter terrorism,” he added.

“We are stronger than ever,” said an Al-Qeada member who asked to remain anonymous.

Although there has been no official statement from the White House that the drone strikes used against armed groups in Abyan are American, Yemeni security experts say the drones are American. The New York Times reported a US official as saying that the Obama administration is using the country’s power vacuum to strike at militant suspects with armed drones and fighter jets.

The fact that American drones strikes against a Yemeni city provokes Al-Qaeda and makes them strengthen their operations according to an Al-Qaeda member, and gains them more local support.

“Every day they are striking civilians. It’s a crime against humanity,” said a former colonel that was suspended last January. “The armed groups are few, and there is no way they could take over the city unless they were facilitated by officials. And that’s what happened. Everything is under their control,” he added.

The displaced families escaped fearing for their lives to Aden, and were relocated within local schools, according to Islamic Relief Yemen.

Security force officials were replaced in Zinjibar after they escaped according to Adbellah Saeed, head of central security in Modya, Abyan.

After Tuesday’s attack on Al-Hutta, Lahj civilians confirmed to the Yemen Times that the armed groups were known from Al-Hamra village and were not Al-Qaeda members.

“There were crazy explosions the whole night. The armed group were mingling in the city and no one stooped them. But the fight started when we heard that they aimed to control the bank. The security forces only fight when it comes to money, but when our lives might be exposed to danger they don’t care much,” said one of the residents of Al-Hutta.

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June 28, 2011 at 7:42 am

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Faces from Yemen’s revolution: Ameen Dabwan

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In the center of a march led by the independent youth from their stage in front of the old university, one can always find a 31-year-old protester holding a microphone and shouting chants against the US and Saudi Arabian governments, both of whom try to paint “the Yemeni revolution as a political crisis.”He comes from a family that gave two of its sons to serve the revolution, one in Change Square in Sana’a, and the other in Horiya Square in Taiz. Ameen Dabwan in was born in Shara’ab, Al-Rona in Taiz governorate.  He graduated from the faculty of education and majored in chemistry.  Before the revolution started in February, he was continuing his studies and preparing for a master’s degree from Sana’a University.  He is head of a small family consisting of him, his wife, a son and a daughter.Dabwan, who comes from a poor social class, had to struggle to reach his goal of getting his master’s degree while also feeding his family. In a country that considers those holding a masters degree among the elite, Dabwan works a second job all night in a humble cafeteria after studying in the morning and then teaching school in the afternoon.

Dabwan is one of the people responsible for the independent youth stage and always gives a speech to urging them to never give up their revolution regardless of any pressure by other sides, the state or the Joint Meeting Parties.

“We were suffering, everything in our lives were just small parts of the great things they could be. Whenever the head of the university gives a lecture he compliments the president for no reason,” said Dabwan.

Dabwan was among those who sparked the revolution.  He believed in it then and still believes in it with the same strength.

“I had faith in the revolution when I first saw the people go against injustice in the first few demonstrations, “ he said.

Although he spends his whole day in the square, Dabwan did not originally have a tent as his house is near the protest area. Then, when he and his friends started a coalition of the Yemen Free Youth as part of the independent youth work, he was member of its council. Thus his first tent was the tent they set up for the coalition, which acted as a shelter and organizational point for the independent youth who faced difficulties with the Islah party.  The coalition’s slogan was “No Political Parties, Our Revolution is a Youth Revolution.”

Dabwan was once almost kidnapped by anonymous men in a car on his way from the Square to Madhbah.  Inside the square he also faced violations of his rights and continuous interrogations “because of the coalition”.  “We kept silent for long time about the violations against the independent youth, but now we have silent marches inside the square to condemn the violations against us,” he said.

In the early days of the revolution, he said, “They [Islah] cut of our banners sometimes, some of the more active youth in our coalition faced double danger as they were followed by the security forces and also sometimes kidnapped by the Islamists in the square.  Still, we try to address this kind of behavior inside the square because we are aiming for a more cohesive country.”

Dabwan was also threatened with being transferred from his job and was interrogated on the charge of “leading school students to engage in political activism in Change Square.”  His salary was suspended as a result.

“Ameen is one of those youth leaders in Change Square who works in silence, a very modest person who always smiles and knows how to absorb anger,” said one of the protesters.

Dabwan said that the independent youth are more revolutionary despite their poverty, and that despite their being less organized than other popular movements in the Arab World, their efforts will eventually end the revolution and achieve their goals.

“I vow to continue the revolution.  The US and Saudi Arabia won’t change our dreams.  We can establish a civil state that draws the respect of its neighbors later, but for now we will revolt until we fix the country.”

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June 28, 2011 at 7:38 am

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Faces from Yemen’s revolution: Alaa Jarban

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In February, a few young students from Sana’a University started protesting, calling for change and and an end to President Saleh’s regime. It was called ‘the day of rage’, but unlike that in Egypt, the Yemeni protest didn’t last longer than the afternoon, and then they went back to their normal lives again.

A group of those students created an initiative to clean the streets where the protest had taken place. The idea, as they describe it, was to clean up what ‘politics’ has caused in Yemen.

“We wanted to prove to the others that we didn’t protest to ruin the country, but to reform it,” said one of the protesters.

That first protest was one of the initial sparks that would lead to the sit-in in front of Sana’a University, soon to be renamed ‘Change Square’, that continues to this day. Attending that first protest was Alaa Jarban, a 21 year old in his third year of a business administration degree at Sana’a University.

Alaa has always believed in more freedom, democracy and human rights before “the youth revolution” started in Yemen. He had already been engaged in human rights activities, spending six months in Bulgaria with the Youth Peer Education Network (Y-PEER ). This is a youth-to-youth initiative pioneered by UNFPA that brings together more than 500 non-profit organizations and government institutions. Its thousands of young members work in the area of adolescent sexual and reproductive health.

Alaa is also responsible for his family of three sisters and his mother.

“My mother kicks me out of the house, urging me to go to Change Square,” said Alaa.

On Feb. 24, two young journalists and three activists were called upon to meet President Ali Abdullah Saleh, and to deliver their message stating why they wanted him to step down. The five decided to call those who they believed in to share the moment where they could speak clearly to the president and ask him to leave. Alaa was one of those they called.

He attended the group discussion about what to say to the president. Together they papered a draft of demands for a civil state that Saleh’s regime has still failed to establish. Alaa worked hard with the group until nightfall. But by the end of the meeting, he stood up and told the group that whilst he appreciated the way they thought, he could not join them.

“I believe that two hours with Saleh is wasting our time. I prefer to be doing something else in the protest that the people will get benefit from,” said Alaa.

Over the five months of anti-government protest, Alaa took shifts in the security committees of the protest, and used social media to mobilize people for marches and escalations. He has been dedicating his time to tweet the international community the events unfolding in Yemen. These efforts have attracted threatening messages and phone calls.

“On a personal level, I have received threats that I will be eliminated, via phone calls, SMS, Facebook and even Twitter. My phone has been tapped for a while, and strangers have tried to kidnap me a few times now when leaving Change Square and walking in the city. I have friends who have been captured and tortured by the security forces. Then they are conditionally released. They are now planning to leave the country.” Alaa wrote.

“This all puts a heavy psychological pressure on me. I can’t go out easily. I can’t go out on my own, and I can’t stop worrying about my family’s safety. The financial pressures also adds to the troubles. There’s a fuel shortage, and long lines of cars waiting at empty gas stations on a false hope that they will find few gallons of fuel and diesel so they can provide food for their family.”

“Whether this is planned by the failing regime or not, the world needs to know that Yemenis are living in a severe humanitarian catastrophe. It may get even worse, and we really need the international community’s help to survive.”

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June 28, 2011 at 7:34 am

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Women in Yemen show revolutionary way By: Shatha Al-Harazi

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Sana’a, Yemen–This is one of the most conservative countries when it comes to how women are viewed. But the current political climate has changed some of this.Yemeni society has offered limited roles for women in politics. It never expected women to be part of any revolution. Yet the most popular face of Yemen’s anti-government movement is a woman: Tawakkol Karman.

As Abubakr Al-Shamahi, a young male protester, said: “The average person looking at Yemeni women will see figures, mostly dressed in black covering their faces, and assume that this is Taliban Afghanistan. It is not. These women shout louder than the men, are more heartfelt, and more politically active. Look at the woman who started the protests, Tawakkol Karman.”

On April 14 President Saleh said women should not protest along with men in the street as it’s a social shame. The response was huge protests, whether women only or mixed, in many governorates [provinces] condemning what Saleh said.

“My father and mother don’t like me to be part of these protests. They try to stop me as they know what kind of cruel regime we have. I know how they feel but I can’t stop now. It’s the only time to make my children’s future better,” says Karman about her role.

WOMEN JOIN THE FIGHT

Anti-government demonstrations in Sana’a comprise four large tents especially for women. It is a stark contrast compared to mid-February on the first day of the sit-in demonstration when 30 men set up camping tents outside Sana’a University. There were no women.

But on the second day a woman joined them and set up her tent. This shocked a conservative society that viewed her as a criminal for daring to sleep in the same area with men she does not know. By now, a few weeks later, more women have joined the sit-in demonstration and are encouraging others to do the same.

Farida Al-Yarimi, a 47-year-old mother of five, was that first Yemeni woman to camp in the street in a bid to overthrow the regime. “I knew what I did wasn’t expected, but one of us had to start doing something. When I first came here I expected the worst, but it was great. The way the men protected me and secured the tent was good. Even traditional tribesmen don’t look down on us now,” reflects Al-Yarimi on her experience. Her family joined her two days after she set up her tent, and she has since become a leading female protester.

Most women protesters are older than 40, as many Yemeni families are still preventing their daughters from participating. But women have the same grievances that men hold. Um Ahmed, a mother in her mid-50s in the women’s tent at Sana’a University, says the government has offered her no assistance: “They think only of themselves. They never think of their people as human beings. They live in palaces with our money while we can’t provide food for our children.”

GIRLS JOIN TOO

Women have found different means to participate in protests. Some young girls who aren’t allowed to participate in public demonstrations have started a Facebook group to share their ideas and to ensure that their voices are heard.

Ashwaq Sobaie’, a 17-year-old high school student, was warned by her school principal that she would be dismissed from school if she continued participating in anti-government protests. Her reply was that she does not care what her school thinks of her. She continued protesting and also encouraged her school friends to participate.

“I started camping at Sana’a University from the third day of the sit-in. My mother encourages everybody at our house to protest. I put everything that I needed in my bag and ran away from school to the protest. That is where I belong,” says Sobaie’.

WE FIGHT THE REGIME AND OUR SOCIETY

Another young woman protester hid from her family her participation in protests. Yasmin Al-Qadhi, 25, is the daughter of a widely respected tribal sheikh who opposes President Saleh. Although she and her 15 sisters grew up in a political environment, they have to fight for the right to participate in politics. Al-Qadhi was one of three girls who joined thousands of male protesters on Feb. 3. She doesn’t camp at Sana’a University, but has an active role as a protest organizer. “We need to revolt twice as hard as men. We have to fight against the regime, but we also have to fight against discrimination from Yemeni men,” says Al-Qadhi.

One of her brothers said that women protesters who took to the streets alongside men were “prostitutes.” He is not the only person who holds this opinion, as Yemen largely is a tribal society with traditional values that define men’s and women’s roles.

“I didn’t care about what my brother wanted me to do. I’m a citizen of Yemen, just like any male citizen, and I have the right to work for goodness and change in my country. I won’t let anyone stop me,” says Al-Qadhi.

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May 23, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Special from Yemen: Regime forces open fire on protesters rejecting GCC-brokered plan By: Shatha Al-Harazi Thu, 28/04/2011

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Yemeni anti-government protesters gesture during a demonstration demanding the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, Sanaa, April 19, 2011. Yemeni police killed one man and wounded several other people when they opened fire on anti-regime demonstrators ahead of a government delegation meeting with Gulf foreign ministers in Abu Dhabi.

Sanaa — Violence marred anti-government protests in Yemen on Wednesday, as thousands took to the streets of Sanaa and the country’s provincial capitals in rejection of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) initiative tentatively endorsed by the regime and Yemen’s main opposition bloc. Clashes erupted between demonstrators and republican guards in Sanaa, claiming at least 12 lives and injuring hundreds. Pro-regime forces reportedly fired AK-47’s from rooftops down to demonstrators on the ground while protesters set cars ablaze with Molotov cocktails. Thugs also kidnapped thirty of those wounded, protesters said. “The regime uses violence and live ammunition to make the public rejection to the GCC initiative larger to achieve its aim of shirking the agreement,” the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP), the country’s opposition coalition, said in a statement on Thursday. Protesters in Sanaa’s Tagheer (Change) Square, the epicenter of the Yemeni uprising sweeping the nation, also denounced the violence, saying President Ali Abullah Saleh continues to brutally suppress the people in order to retain power. “Whenever there is an initiative, Saleh increases his killing of protesters,“ said Walid al-Amari, the protester elected to oversee the main stage in Tagheer Square. “Saleh won’t leave by international pressure. He will only leave at the hands of Yemenis.” Major General Ali Mohsen, the top military officer who defected last month, urged protesters to remain patient while claiming his forces are working to ensure the violence will not escalate. Demonstrators, who have flooded the streets of Yemen’s urban centers for the past three months, say the GCC-brokered deal serves President Saleh, in office for 33 years, and opposition parties. They say the accord is an affront to the country’s popular revolution. “We are stronger than the political parties,” said one young protester in Sanaa. “Today is it clear that the youth are the ones who revolted. We have 13 demands that we still want negotiated.” Youth demonstrators on Wednesday vowed to escalate an already resilient, forceful and enduring protest movement. They now pledge to block important streets in Yemen’s capital and march to “sensitive places to the state,” possibly including the presidential palace. In defiance of the popular rejection of the GCC-orchestrated agreement, the JMP confimed on Tuesday they and the General People’s Congress (GPC), Yemen’s ruling party, will sign the agreement on the initiative next week in Riyadh. Certain terms of the accord remain murky. “Both parties approve of the initiative. The only thing to be agreed upon is the date. We said Sunday. The JMP said Saturday. And the host said Monday,” said presidential information officer Ahmed al-Sofi. The GCC initiative aims to resolve Yemen’s political crisis by transferring power from Saleh to a designated deputy. The day the agreement is signed, the agreement says, Saleh will authorize the formation of a coalition government consisting of 50 percent GPC members, 40 percent JMP members and 10 percent independents. The coalition government, according to the deal, will be formed within seven days of its signing. The government will then work to create a stable political environment geared towards national reconciliation and the removal of all signs of political and security tension, including an end to demonstrations and the re-admittance of defected military forces. On the 29th day after the mutual signing, parliament will pass legislation providing legal and judicial immunity to the president, his family and high-ranking officials. The following day the president will, according to the plan, submit his resignation. Upon parliamentary approval of his resignation, power will be transferred to the vice president. The acting president will then call for a new presidential election within 60 days and form a constitutional committee charged with authoring a new constitution. When the new constitution is finalized, Yemenis will vote on its approval by referendum. Should the country endorse the document, a time schedule will be set for new parliamentary elections. And upon completion of parliamentary elections, the interim president will direct the majority party’s leadership to form a new government. The GCC, the United States and the European Union will, according to the plan, bear witness to the agreement’s implementation. Immunity for Saleh, the Yemeni strongman political dissidents call corrupt and negligent, continues to be the primary reason the Yemeni street rejects the GCC-brokered plan. “Any initiative that doesn’t include prosecuting Saleh and his regime is not acceptable,” said Hussein al-Watari, a young protester. Political analyst Ahmed al-Zurqa says the initiative fails to address the vast majority of the protesters’ demands and, for that matter, dismisses recognition of the true force behind Yemen’s widespread uprising. “The GCC initiative didn’t adopt the street demands at all. It showed the revolution as a political crises between two parties and only included those two parties,” al-Zurqa told the Yemen Times. Al-Zurqa says the GCC refuses to consider the situation in Yemen a popular revolution, preferring to address the crisis as a political conflict. Gulf countries, according to al-Zurqa, will not allow someone with unknown ideological orientation to rise to power in Yemen. The Saudis, who maintain significant influence in the country, are reliant on Yemeni political cooperation to curb Islamist activity along its porous shared border. GCC countries, al-Zurqa continued, also see the threat of contagion in the Yemeni uprising and popular unrest elsewhere throughout the region. Yemen’s neighbors are steadfastly working to keep the pro-democracy movement sweeping the Arab World outside their borders. Al-Zurqa says Saleh’s endorsement of the deal is merely a ploy to bide time and configure a way to stay in power. JMP officials agree, saying Saleh will never respect the agreement when the time comes to relinquish the presidency. “He is well known for not respecting agreements, just like what he did in 1993 when he agreed on unity with the south and came on 1994 with the war,” said al-Zurqa. Some analysts consider the JMP’s endorsement a stratagem to expose Saleh’s lack of genuine willingness to leave office. But, regardless of its intentions, the country’s main opposition bloc has lost significant credibility on the street by striking a deal. Although developments over recent days mark the best indication so far the country is edging closer towards ending its political crisis, reconciliation and stability remain a distant prospect. Even from the technical perspective. ”The ruling party rejects any compromises the president did so far. Today lots of the ruling party MPs resigned so they are not the majority anymore,” said presidential information officer al-Sofi. The number of resignations is unknown. Should enough MPs leave office, parliamentary approval of Saleh’s resignation will not be possible.

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April 29, 2011 at 12:50 pm

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