Al-Nahdein bombing incident, the international pressure with unusual participation of Russia and China, and the continual pressure by the Yemenis in streets who did not leave the streets and squares even after signing the GCC Initiative in which Saleh approved to transfer power to his Deputy, all these reasons led finally to uprooting the bloody tooth after a year of procrastination and maneuvering.
Saleh has become a history. The Yemenis now have new real future, and the whole world observe them with admiration and concern. Followers of the deposed President do not conceal their gloating over the conflicts that aroused among the revolutionaries and opposition. There is almost unanimous agreement against Saleh’s regime, but the conflict started among his heirs. How could the Yemeni people run their country after 33 years of the one-man rule which was under the cover of parties, electoral drama, and future promises that finally reached a deadlock. Then Saleh was forcibly ousted for presidency.
Is it difficult to run Yemen as Saleh always says to justify his acrobatics plays, until he won the world title of “the dancer with the snakes”?
Despite all the mistakes and faults of Saleh he left Yemen and there has been parties bases, political experience and dialogue lasted for years. Thus, no one could claim that Yemen should start from the scratch. The power could be totally transferred to anyone elected by the Yemeni people by implementing the appointed elections plan. Only four weeks left to the appointed elections, and its way has become paved after the departure of Saleh.
The fate of the Yemenis are in their hands today. They could elect an alternative and bring the curtain down on a bad era and begin new one. And until that day, the day of elections on next February 21st, we will see several justifications to obstruct the democratic transmission; the unwillingness of the former opposition forces, boycott of the elections by the southern forces under their refusal to stay under the rule of Sana’, as well as the same boycott from youth groups with unachieved demands. But, how could Yemen be run without legitimacy? What kind of presidency that the Yemenis may agree on? Without elections, it is impossible for the Yemenis to agree on a transitional leadership. Therefore, the best safe means is to resort to elections then, during the transitional period, Yemen should be rearranged through the parliamentary discussions and also outside the parliament, to find a system manner which is to be approved in a public referendum. Without this, Yemen will live in a dangerous political vacuum probably leading the country into a civil war.
Yemen is not away from the international following-up during the last ten years. In 2006, observers from the EU spent much time trying to amend the elections system formed by Saleh to ensure his domination, not only the presidency. Among the tools of domination by democracy was the establishment of a party for the President, the party which guarantees a near-total control over the state facilities. The Europeans then tried to correct the legal frameworks and give the governmental states autonomy, and they also objected that the president appoint the judges to monitor the elections. And the UN Development Program was included in the structure of Yemeni political system. But Saleh managed to spoil all that efforts. Without relying on the elections as a solution, as agreed upon, that would expose Yemen to conflict over the power leading the country to a bloody conflicts between opponents the deposed President has always instigated against each other, and adopted a role to separate them apart.
Despite his promises to do, Saleh will not come back neither for the elections nor for the leadership of his party GPC, unless the Yemenis conflict over the power, then his return will play a significant role in supporting one against the other.