The issue of the president’s signature of the GCC Initiative would rescue the Yemenis from their crisis; however the president’s unwillingness is attributed to his reluctance to transfer power to his Vice President Hadi or to any of his leaders in the GPC.
His endeavor is to find a way out for himself, sons, relatives and the inner circle of decision makers around him. The option remains in a military council like the Egyptian one in form and not significance and purpose, which reflects a lack of confidence on most of the men around him, because, is there no one from among the GPC who is eligible for undertaking the interim presidency. The Yemeni crisis has come to a deadlock, waiting for the President’s signature.
In an interview with the French 24Channel, the President said that he would sign within 60 or 90 days, reiterating that who desires power after 33 years in office would be mad, pointing out that “we don’t want another Gadhafi in the region. But in his meeting with his loyal military leaders, two days before the French channel interview, he said to them, “I won’t sign and I don’t care about Jamal Bin Omer or any one who is higher than the UN. We have survived the last ten moths and will continue for ten years because we have money and arms that are enough for twenty years, so be assured and be in high morale.”
The problem is that the President is politically elusive playing the game of time gain, in the hope of dismantling his opponent’s solidarity, whereas in the meantime he is planning military arrangements that would reverse the political dialogue due to the delays.
The President uses the GPC as a political front to make the outside world think that there is a problem between the authority and the opposition while he is exploiting it for concealing his faults and the liabilities of his relatives. In his subconscious he is thinking of transferring power to a military force which preserves his continuation and his relatives in power, because eventually he will not transfer power neither to the GPC or his Vice president. According to what he said in one of his speeches he will do that “power transfer” to loyal military persons.
There is a problem that it is not overtly disclosed which is summed up in the fact that the president is not politically and militarily in a strong position that allows him to declare a military council that would save him the fate of Ben Ali, Mubarak and Gaddafi, and on the other hand the opposition is in a better public political negotiating position, that would enable it to stop tampering and procrastination.
President Saleh doesn’t want to leave power according to an initiative or a UNSC resolution. He wants to quit with a mechanism which sets it himself. He can’t bear transferring power to his Vice president or he stomachs the thought of the army and security restructure before the expected scheduled elections. The man had refused signing six months ago and now he authorizes his deputy to sign. No doubt there is something behind the scene!!!