Political Analysis

Widespread Dissent Strikes Transitional Government

National Yemen

Widespread Dissent Strikes Transitional Government

National Yemen

Criticisms and accusations to the National Reconciliation Government have increased. The Gulf Initiative behind Yemen’s current transitional period prescribed an end to the transition in February 2014. As that end approaches, different parties to the transition process have started to criticize the government, and now they are facing significant pressure from various forces to participate in the National Dialogue Conference in forming a national government in accordance with established rules and quotas.

The reconciliation government, designed to share power equally between the Joint Meeting Parties and the General People’s Congress and their allies, recently received painful blows from critics. These verbal attacks confirm that the people’s patience with their government’s ineptitude has run out.

The transition government has pointed to the limitations of the transition phase to justify the mistakes and shortcomings of various state organs and public institutions. These entities have themselves harmed the standard of living for Yemen’s common citizens, many of whom now complain about a lack of change in their country.

Because of the economic downturn, the severe political polarization and uncontrolled security situation in multiple provinces and cities, many political leaders have been forced to abandon their silence on the cracks and fissures currently threatening the social peace.

The politicians and government officials’ discussions tend to focus on political affairs. Politicians direct criticisms at the government and state law services. The chairman of the Islah Party, Mohammed al-Yadomi, has said that the continued decline in state services can only increase the level of poverty. He predicts that it will affect not only this generation, but generations to come as well.

Parliament Chairman General Yahiya al-Ra’ai accused the government of failing to control motorcycles in Sana’a. Regarding the ongoing violence in Dammaj, al-Ra’ai said that the government has not been serious about solving the problem. “If the government were serious, it would end this fighting and send forces to top the Houthis and Salafis.”

Members of the Joint Meeting Parties have also criticized the government and asked for a response to the imbalances in the political process, security situation, and national stability in general. Recent JMP statements have said that the government holds responsibility for maintaining security and stability and ending the security breakdown currently plaguing the country.

These attitudes coincide with the European Union’s call to the reconciliation government to reduce corruption in the public sector and improve the management of public administration.

Hassan Zaid, JMP member, recently attacked Prime Minister Salem Basindowa, accusing him of corrupt practices. In an indirect justification of Basindowa’s failures in governance, JMP Secretary-General Dr. Yassin Saeed Noaman said that both the JMP and the National Council of Revolution Forces had let down Basindowa by failing to stand and support him.

Houthi leader Abdulmali al-Houthi said that the current system, president and government, is not qualified to manage even a school.

Minister Hassan Sharafaddin recently submitted his resignation to express his belief that the government had failed to perform its tasks. GPC chairman Ali Saleh also recently stated that the government had failed in its duties.