Six Months have passed since Yemen voted for President Abdurabu Hadi, and he is standing strong.
Some did not expect Hadi to go this far.
His wisdom has played a vital role in ensuring that Yemen does not become a lawless nation.
He is slowly but effectively weakening former President Ali Saleh and his family, who controlled most major pillars in the country’s military and economy.
One thing he has lacked in is building an institutionalized nation, something that will take time, but should be a top of Yemen’s goals. Choosing the wrong people in some posts has also been an issue criticized by many, but from what we see, he is learning who are the people he can trust.
Political factions in Yemen are not making his mission easier. Parties are favoring loyalty over experience when it comes to working in favor of a nation as a whole.
Sides are holding personal grudges making it difficult for the Yemen ship to sail.
As said, there have been mistakes by Hadi since coming to office, but that is a given. No one expected him to have a perfect record in ruling a very complicating nation. He is slowly showing all sides that he is capable of seeking change with the least costs.
Political leaders living in exile are slowly finding their way back to Yemen and will participate in the upcoming national dialogue. Youth protesters have been promised more military and political reforms, and they are waiting patiently.
It has not been easy. In mid August, Hadi’s convoy was attacked by gunmen, in the sixth attack against him since coming to office. In less than a month, gunmen loyal to the old president attacked both the Interior and Defense Ministries. These are only simple examples of what Hadi has to go through. I prefer not to be the one clapping for Hadi, but his success must be recognized and supported.
The Yemen Post give Hadi a (B+) for his first six months in power.
Is the worse part of the past for Yemen? From our prospective, answer to this depends on how Hadi leads the way. Lets hope he makes the right moves.
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 is originally from Detroit, Michigan, and speaks English and Arabic.