With all opposition forces in Yemen united to oust President Saleh, none of them have a clear vision of what will happen after Saleh leaves.
Youth are demanding the fall of Saleh, not putting in mind a strategy that can ensure that when he leaves, chaos will not follow. Every governmental institution is run by Saleh directly, and no minister has real powers, institutionally. The possibility of all institutions falling when Saleh falls is very likely without a clear exit strategy.
Opposition forces are very different in Yemen and are the enemies of yesterday. Very soon these enemies will be asked to continue the growth of the country. However, with no experience, and years of hatred amongst themselves; they will busy themselves fighting one another all wanting a bigger portion of the wealth and power.
If all sides are demanding that Saleh falls, I call on them to prepare a clear vision to ensure the 25 million that they can take lead and that the ship will not sink. Mubarak falling in Egypt was not dangerous for the country as it had an institutional structure and the army was not loyal to the Mubarak family only. The case is the opposite in Yemen.
With tribes wanting to be a powerhouse in the future government, a bankrupted nation, dying currency, Houthi rebels growing in support, Southern Movement demanding separation, and a divided opposition in agendas and ideologies, what will Yemen face after the rule of Saleh that was built around his family?
How will Yemen look when the dancer on the heads of the snakes (Saleh) leaves the snakes with no dancer?
President Saleh said last year that if he leaves presidency, Yemen will definitely become the next Somalia. If that takes place, Saleh will be remembered as one of the worst leaders in Yemen's history.
How could you rule a nation for 33 years, and not build an institutional government? How can a person demand loyalty when after 33 years in rule, he was busy building his family and not a country? This is why people are demanding that he falls.
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.