Who will be able to rule Yemen if President Saleh steps down? This is the rumor of fear pro Saleh followers are spreading among the people, therefore, warning that no one else would be able to rule the country after Saleh, and that chaos will follow his departure.
My reply is simple. Anyone can rule and fail like Saleh.
With more than three decades in power, Saleh would be leaving with not one successful institution within the government circle. Governmental education has been a failure. The judiciary system is corrupt, and governmental hospitals are the least trusted. Electricity is not available in 60% of the country. Public services are the worst in the region and social security has no meaning.
So, what is there to worry about if Saleh leaves power. It’s not like Yemen is the most prosperous nation in the region! Saleh’s regime has caused a 50% unemployment rate in Yemen and six wars in seven years in the north.
Only the ruling family and the corrupt circle around them have gained.
For those who say I am exaggerating, I ask them to name me one governmental institution that has been successful?
Time has come for President Saleh to say farewell to the seat he has sat on for 33 years. He is also accused of being behind the murders of over a hundred protesters killed over the last month.
Saleh has for long compared Yemenis to snakes, which is degrading, when he compared ruling Yemen like dancing on heads if snakes.
He claimed numerous times in the past six years that he wants to resign but people will not allow him to do so. Well, now his options are limited and will be forced to step down or risk the unsaid.
I sat with a senior government official and he was trying to convince me that Yemenis would risk their lives for Saleh. My question is: why would they risk their lives for a president who kills his own people for personal benefits. Isn’t he the one there to serve the people and not the opposite?
It’s time that rule returns to the hand of the people.
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.