For one month now opposition parties in Yemen represented in the Joint Meeting Parties JMP, have been demanding that President Saleh must step down from power, forgetting that they were involved in the destruction of Yemen as well for staying quiet.
Yemen needs new agendas, new motives, and a leadership with a national agenda. I do agree with those who say that the Yemeni opposition was aboard a sinking ship just three months ago, and are riding the waves of change for their personal benefits. That is why I here call on the millions of youth protesters to start demanding that the heads of the six parties, represented in Yemen’s biggest opposition coalition, the Joint Meeting Parties, to step down from politics when Saleh steps down. They were a crucial element in helping the Saleh regime oppress the people of Yemen by simply allowing it to happen.
New faces are needed in all parties to ensure the success of the Yemeni revolution. We cannot forget that the opposition less than two months ago was still scared to demand that Saleh’s regime must fall. Where were they years ago when the country was being destroyed by the Saleh regime? Such weakness from parties who are supposed to defend people’s rights is not acceptable and a disgrace to Yemeni politics.
Claiming that Saleh is a dictator, opposition JMP leaders forget that those atop their parties have been there for decades, giving no chances for the new generation to climb the political ladder. They are dictators as well, but not on a national scale, but rather a party scale.
I am here not calling for people to go against the opposition or ruling party, but rather to demand that new faces arise with the Yemeni revolution in all parties.
The opposition says again and again that Yemen has millions who can lead the country, so I tell them: there are many who can lead your political parties as well, but they need a chance. Step down for the sake of the country and help Yemen prosper with the youth revolution.
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.