Sultan Hizam Alattwani, General Secretary of the Nasserite Unionist Party, has linked the current crisis taking place in Yemen to mismanagement and careless practices of the ruling authority. He also has warned that such difficult circumstances will put the national unity and the social bonds at risk. “The Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) has tried to offer solutions to the crisis through an earnest and responsible conversation”, he said in the interview. He accused the government for following the “political illiteracy” policy whereby they underestimate the countries’ problems and crises; thinking they are doing the right thing. He insisted saying “we stand against all threats to national unity; it is the fate of Yemenis. Those who call for separation are driven by their own motives”. Below are the details of the interview.
How do you read the current Yemeni political situation?
The Yemeni political front is experiencing its worst state with the rising events that destroy the country from North to South and West to East. All these problems are a result of careless and irresponsible governmental practices. These events are threatening the Yemeni unity and social bonds.
Don’t you think that the JMP, as part of the political formula in Yemen, can be blamed for the current situation?
We have always tried to show our views and solutions to the current crisis but the ruling party never listens to us and closes its eyes to the problems and crisis of the country.
The ruling party accuses the JMP of supporting Houthi rebels who use arms against the government and the Southern Movement who call for separation, how do you defend yourself?
The ruling party accuses even the normal citizen for the deficit of development and for the insecurity. They forget that they are the reason of the war in Saada and the movement in southern governorates. The ruling party has nothing to do but to accuse. All who stand against its misleading and distorting policies are considered disloyal and traitors.
Is there any communication with Houthi rebels and Southern Movement to find solutions for the crises?
Our point of view is clear. We condemn any kind of armed violence against the government and also stand against the use of force by the government against civil and unarmed protesters. We call for dialogue with all parties involved even the authority itself.
If we observe the behavior of authority, opposition and all parties involved, we find that they all call for dialogue as the only means to surpass crisis. Why don’t you have dialogue?
We in the JMP are serious about dialogue with the government but they have always refused to sit and hear us.
The six wars in Saada have lasted for years with no signs of ending. How do you expect the end to be?
We call for an immediate end of fighting and invite both sides to sit and discuss the reasons of war and its consequences. They should sit and find solutions and commit to them. The war should not end for the advantage of either side as it happened during the 2006 election when the ruling party stopped the war to gain the votes of Saada. We need a national solution.
You are talking about Saada, what about the southern governorates?
The issue of the south also needs to be politically treated. National partnership is a right for all Yemenis. The authority and even the opposition outside the country should be aware of that.
There are views that suggest that if the crisis and problems continue, it will lead to chaos and unrest, do you agree?
Yes I do. We have warned of such impacts and we still do. We ask the government to create the environment where people discuss their issues and help the country escape its problems and crisis.
Where is the role of parliament which you are a member of?
An effective parliament would have spared the country all these problems. But unfortunately this is not the case with the Yemeni parliament. It is not a genuine parliament and it doesn’t really represent the voice of the people. The authority uses it for its advantage.
How can Yemen surpass this crisis and challenges?
Sitting with all sides and discuss. Violence will only destroy the country.
ABOUT Yemen Post Publisher & Chief Editor:
Hakim Almasmari is an American journalist and Middle East expert based in Sana'a, Yemen. His work has appeared for many of the worlds top media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Washington Post, AlJazeera, Fox News, The Guardian, The National, USA Today among numerous others. He has also worked with some of the world’s top organizations. Reporting out of Yemen for nearly eight years, he is the current editor in chief for the Yemen Post. He is a university lecturer in the field of international media and also studied business and law. Considered one of the top experts on Yemen, Almasmari has closely worked with international strategic centers and think tanks helping them better understand Yemen. He is a frequent guest on many international TV outlets discussing current local and international affairs. Almasmari's ancestors are from Yemen, and was born in Detroit, Michigan, USA. His mother tongue is English and is fluent in Arabic.