With the controversy over the amendments the ruling party wants to pass, which will surely devastate the opposition as it will be a clear message that they are not wanted in the Yemeni political arena, the country seems to be falling apart.
During these critical times, we need to ask ourselves one question. Even if President Saleh steps does from rule in the near future, who from the opposition can claim that he can rule fairly and is wanted by the people?
From a loyalty point of view, both the ruling party and opposition count of giving financial support to gain more followers. The less money they give to supporters the less will stand with them.
Ruling party followers are divided into two when it comes to financial matters: Those who follow the party but in return get millions of dollars during their life span, and here I mean the high authority in the party. The others are those who get food support not exceeding $300 during their life span, but still follow the ruling party due to their financial situation, and lack getting financial support from the opposition.
The opposition is basically the same in some ways. In addition, a big portion of the opposition leaders in Yemen are involved in the corruption the country is going through. Many of them have stong links with the ruling family, which in return gives them large financial profits even though they claim to oppose the current regime.
People in Yemen are craving change, but who is there to lead the change. Some would prefer Saleh to stay in rule, not because they support him, but rather because there is no one from the other side who people can stand behind.
Yemen will not prosper until tribesmen from the poorest families have the same opportunities are those from the ruling family.
The majority of opposition leaders who oppose the president during the day meet him in friendly closed door meetings at night. Just one phone call will have them walk shoeless to the presidential palace and take the little the president offers them as (governmental financial support).
I am not calling for people to support Saleh in favor of the opposition, as Yemen needs change. However, the country needs change that will bring prosperity to the people and not more sufferings.
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.