Saleh Passes Through Hard Times

The political scene of modern Arab revolutions against their leaders has given Yemen an ambiguous image which promises to address the 33 years of President Saleh in power sooner or later.

Yemen’s leadership, as in many other Arab countries cannot believe its rule will come to a bad end, in light of the loyalty, guidance and wisdom in supposedly their countries from darkness to the current prosperity, as they repeatedly assert in their speeches to the public.

President Saleh is striving nowadays to protect his legacy and dignity, and to complete his term in office according to the law. His opposition counterparts do not want that, they want Saleh to have the same fate of the other Arab leaders.

The regional trends are gradually building against the wishes of Saleh. His ignorance of the public demands for fighting corruption among the majority of the government’s military and civil society is not helping his situation.

A fantastical version of events is likely being offered to him as analysis by his inner circle – again this is no help in arriving at a well-informed conclusion to the current crisis.

Assisting sheikhs, friends, and family members to undertake key positions in the government made them greedy enough to commit the grand larceny which ignited the revolution we see today.

The al-Ahmar family was involved in every aspect of the life of the country and they remain decision-makers and partners in business with the government and with some other private business. Today they are the main enemies of the state and the most resistant to any proposed reforms.

The president has been left alone to fight all kinds of corruption, to preserve the unity of Yemen, to fight for his remaining period in office, for the constitutional amendments, and for the preservation of the rule of law.

It seems that this has been speedily forgotten by many on the street, who believe he should pay the price for monopolizing power.

The President should ask his ministers, governors and the staff in office, why the priority for creating jobs has come only now, and why they don’t come clean on their rampant corruption? Why does he not direct and supervise reforms himself? He should not trust those around him anymore.

Is Yemen’s man of 33 years going to have bad end?  Will the President counter the Yemeni proverb “O friend if you fall down, people will not have mercy you,” or will he bow to the pressure and leave before the end of his term?