Political Analysis

The Most Difficult Challenge for Hadi and the New Government? Security

National Yemen

Armed Militates loyal to Shaikh al-Ahmer

By NY Staff

It is unlikely that by electing Hadi as Yemen’s new president, alongside the formation of the Government of National Reconciliation, will not bring a happy ending for Yemen’s crisis, say analysts. This is because the Yemen’s security situation is still the most prominent and difficult situation that confronts the new government and its president.

Some analysts describe the security situation in the country as rapidly deteriorating with little improvement in the situation since the GCC initiative was signed nearly three months ago. Mohammed Jassar, a political analyst, said to Al-Arabia net that it is no doubt that the security situation in Yemen is still difficult and complicated.

“When analyzing the situation, all factors that caused the security situation to deteriorate still exist and one of those is armed conflict between different parties. These conflicts have not been resolved, rather, they have taken on political, personal and tribal identities,” said Jassar.

Consequently, Jassar added that the security challenge will not be easily resolved in the near future.

According to Jassar, some Yemeni political parties used violence and riots as cards in their political game. Jassar claimed that political parties have used Al-Qaeda, individual suicidal bombings, blocking roads and looting properties as just a few examples.  These cards have been played during the last phase of political conflict and will strongly take part in the present and future phases – or as long as the sense of distrust continues between the conflicting parties.

Mohamed Mohsen, a researcher at the Strategic Studies sees that the challenge caused by Al-Qaeda is a continuous terrorist threat and may go further as it may embed within the conflicts of various parties. Mohsen told Al-Arabia net that nobody can doubt the presence of Al-Qaeda in Yemen, but unfortunately some parties in power have employed it for their own interests.

“Proof of this fact is that one can notice that Al-Qaeda’s existence in the place and time that serves some parties in the political process,“ Mohsen noted.

This resulted in confusion as to whether Al-Qaeda is a danger that should be dealt with and the fact that some parties tend to use Al-Qaeda card to further their interests. However, this card will be soon lose its impact in Yemen’s political scene.

In this regard, the columnist Adnan Al-Shameri thinks that the coming national dialogue created by the Gulf Initiative will undoubtedly determine how Yemen deals with Al-Qaeda in the future.

The security issue, Al-Shameri stresses, is considered the most difficult challenge in the country.

“There are multiple aspects of this security challenge including the armed groups in the different cities including the capital as well as the armed groups of Southern Movement, Houthis and Al-Qaeda. I can say that the success of the national dialogue will definitely limit the ways of dealing with the security challenge,” said Al-Shameri.