OP-ED

The Straw That Broke The Camel’s Back

Fakhri al-Arashi

Yemen is not a success story, as Obama claimed after complementing Yemen National Dialogue accomplishment. The National Dialogue Conference was the initial step for today’s state collapse, as the conference set to achieve the roadmap of the GCC initiative, which was designed to protect the criminals and punish the victims.

This was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Or let me say very clearly, it broke President Hadi and the peace and partnership government. The country was brought to a complete stop by both the President and the Prime Minister’s resignations on January 22nd, 2015.

While these resignations do not matter much with the ongoing control by the Houthis of government organizations, the people are still very concerned about the future of the president, the PM, and his ministers who are all under house arrest and may lose their lives if the wrong actions are taken.

Because of the wrong classification of the damaged areas, the prescribed medicine was not effective enough to eradicate the malignant disease. Today, the youth and political parties have returned to Change Square chanting for freedom from the 2011 youth revolution’s partner, the Houthis, who have grown up to take over the government.

Today, the entire world, including the Yemeni youth and the General Envoy of the United Nations Jamal Binomar chant and plead for freedom for the President and his abducted chief of staff Dr. Ahmed Awaad bin Mubarak, the former General Secretary of the National Dialogue. The abduction story of Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, who was ironically known as the closest friend to the Houthi militants, is now captive in their stronghold. This was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Today the president is calling for help. I would say neither the President nor his advisors have managed to play good politics like the Prime Minister, who resigned within two months after he came to the cabinet office. The fast reaction of the Prime Minister left the President scared, and he quickly announced his resignation too.

The country is still somehow moving normally. This is very common for Yemen because the Yemeni people have never relied on government services. A lack of government doesn’t effect many people. If what happened to Yemen happened anywhere else, the situation would be much worse.

The only solution is to have the Houthi militants try their luck and lead the country, because partnership for them has no more partners.