The waves of change is flying over the sky of Yemen, with President Ali Saleh knowing that he is playing his last deck of cards.
After 32 years in rule, Saleh today more than ever, fears that he could lose everything.
There is no doubt that what Saleh’s ruling family took from the country is near the $70 billion of the Mubarak family, but from my understanding, Saleh is wiser.
Saleh started implementing massive reforms last month, and trusted sources informed us that he returned billions in riches that his loved ones took from the people, therefore, fighting corruption; somewhat.
That is why I always say that we need to fight corruption starting from Presidental Palace, and not from ordinary people who steal peanuts due to hunger. Saleh’s family runs nearly every governmental institution directly or indirectly, and this will come to an end soon, with the reforms President Saleh has promised.
From my perspective, no one in Yemen is more capable to rule Yemen today than Saleh, but with one condition: get rid of all family members in power and start a revolution of change, or risk falling with them.
Yemen has no room for forced family leadership. Both countries that revolted against their leaders had much better living standards than Yemen.
Yemen will fall if the family does not step aside for the sake of the people. The nation of 25 million will enter a civil war if the ruling family continues to believe that the country belongs to them and not the opposite.
I don’t think Saleh will end his political life in disgrace like Mubarak, but he needs to work quick to stop the trembling beneath his feet.
Dear President Saleh, prove me right and show that you can make reforms and change in Yemen, therefore, leaving office one day the hero we all thought you were.
Well, at least President Obama was right when his slogan for presidency was (change). But his era will witness change in the Mideast and not United States.
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.