With days of the current regime limited, corrupt opposition officials must not be allowed to rise after the fall of the Saleh regime.
Tens of opposition leaders in the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) have dirtied their hands with the wealth of the people over the last two decades. Some are involved in some of the biggest corruption scandals in Yemen’s recent history.
They are riding along with the waves of change, fearing that it is their only option and a good cover up for the theft of billions of dollars that they took from the people.
Such corrupt officials must not be given a chance to take part in the future Yemen just because they are against the regime. Protests today are against anyone who has harmed the general interests of the Yemeni people, whether they belong to the ruling party or opposition.
President Saleh’s regime is one of the most corrupt in the world, thanks to the support of figures in the opposition.
After the unity, wealth was divided amongst specific tribes and families, forming a backbone for the corrupt regime.
Nearly two decades ago, a big portion of the pie of Yemeni wealth was divided between certain families to ensure their loyalty to the fragile Saleh regime. However, over the years, families and tribes increased in number while the size of the pie deceased. This then forced the ruling family to redivide the pie, therefore, angering certain families. These families then opposed the regime, not for the love of the country, but because they were not given a bigger portion of the wealth that originally belonged to the people.
For those corrupt opposition leaders who think they will be rescued by the wave of change, I can assure them that they will face the same fate of the Saleh regime. Corruption is a virus that must be fought to the core to ensure it does not spread again.
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.