Living in Yemen, you will easily notice that the revolution is far from over.
Millions continue to march rejecting the immunity that President Saleh was given. Though he is stepping down from power, Saleh will be forced to live outside Yemen, fearing the worst-case scenario.
However, many changes need to take place over the next three months to ensure the country is going in the right direction.
Over 150,000 troops are still in the control of President Saleh’s family while their salaries are paid from the taxes of the people.
“March of life” fetched millions of protesters in late 2011 at a time when foreign media portrayed the Yemen revolution as complete.
The people’s revolution is alive and will not accept the simple cosmetic changes that took place.
People revolted seeking justice and will not sit until justice prevails.
The youth movements are cursing opposition parties, as they were not willing to stand up for the revolution after receiving the simple bounties of the ministries. They accepted crumbs of bread in return for their silence. They sold a nation of millions in return for accomplishing small goals.
That was expected from an opposition that for long has gotten used to being degraded and bowing to pressure.
The Yemen revolution will not only succeed in the end, but will also influence others around the world to revolt, whether in the west, east, or in the Arab Gulf.
Its sad that Yemenis will continue to suffer seeking their basic needs of life while world powers insist on ignoring their call for democracy.
Saudi Arabia did not support the call for change in Yemen, and for this, it will be the biggest loser in the near future. The Yemen revolution will influence Saudis to oust their rulers.
The kings of today will be the fallen of tomorrow. Let’s wait and see which countries will revolt next.
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.