OP-ED

Political Variables Plague People’s Daily Lives

Fakhri Al-Arashi

Nothing is left for political powers to debate about after the successful escape of President Hadi from the stronghold of Houthi militants, who kept him under house arrest since January 21sth, 2015. Nothing is left as well for international powers, friends, and enemies of Yemen to draw plans and strategy for the future of Yemen as their plans have failed to be met, with only a political plague on the ground.

Sana’a looks different now and it has become even scarier after the arrival of president Hadi to Aden on February 21st. There was almost a full month between his arrest and his escape, and three years of celebrating his term in office. These developments still do not bother people much in the capital Sana’a as the Houthi coup didn’t mean anything. Now, the Houthis must free the Prime Minister and the rest of the ministers who are under house arrest.

Now, the scenarios are different and the balance of power has been changed since Hadi’s arrival in Aden. Hadi is still the President of Yemen and he made it clear that he will continue the political transition as per the National Dialogue outcomes. This is quite a blessing, but will this bring more hope to Sana’a as the political capital after the permanent and temporally closure of Arab and Western embassies? The majority of people do not think so!

The Houthis should understand if Sana’a loses its chance to remain the capital of Yemen, then it worth’s nothing. It lacks the basic infrastructure a despite the past fifty five years of investment in Sana’a, it  will be worth as much as villages in any part of Yemen.

To reach a win-win situation, the Houthis should admit they won’t be able to rule the country unless they understand the meaning of real partnership and the philosophies of building a state.

Embassies also must reopen, if not to Sana’a, then in Aden to assist President Hadi and achieve his mission. If it is too difficult to open new embassies in Aden, they could start small consulates.

In the past few years since the Arab spring, Yemen has been a different example and it will continue to be different as the heads of parties negotiate their interests to uphold the interest of the country.