By Fakhri al-Arashi
It’s likely that the spin circle of the Arab spring countries still has a long way to go for change and Yemen’s transition could be an ideal example to follow. While the Dialogue in Yemen is not yet over, it is paving the road for comprehensive solutions to the country’s past problems with the sponsorship of the GCC countries and its international partners, the State and European countries.
The question is not how Yemen will look after the National Dialogue project, but how the Yemeni example could be practical one for the rest countries of the Arab spring. The ongoing scene in Egypt brings my memory back to the early days of Yemen’s revolution against the ousted President Saleh, when the pro and anti-protestors find streets and squares ideal places to prove each group’s legitimacy to overtake the power in the name of protecting people’s rights and legal sovereignty.
Despite the bad wills of both groups, the country has ended up with a consensus government and consensus president for a two-year transition focused on solving the country’s major problems. Politically it was not an easy task to remove leader from power after 33 years of building his empire on the basis of popular progress.
The readiness for change in Yemen came as a result of the Gulf initiative and the willingness of the political parties to respond to the language of wisdom and dialogue to escape direct civil clashes. The balance of power in the military could be another reason that decision-makers and opposing groups both accepted the dialogue. Despite of the fragile economic situation, rising poverty and the ascendance of political assassinations and social instability, Yemen still stands as the better and safest country of the Arab spring countries.
The Egyptian scenario now is reproducing the Yemeni style of revolution and the ideal solution for them is to adopt the Yemeni theory for ending the rift between Egypt’s people. This will never happen without an international initiative to satisfy the brotherhood by removing Al-Sisi from his post following the forceful ouster of elected former President Morsi.
Yemen is not yet done with its transition and the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia nowadays may pique the interest of the former ruling party with ambitious hopes to return to power again. This would not be possible today, mainly due to the ongoing plan for remapping the country geographically, military restructuring, rebuilding the country as a system of states and setting up a new ruling system. Partnership is not a good example for how to build a unified country, and the Egypt may also find itself moving toward a federated system. Syria and Libya will never rest soon, like Iraq, and this may generate a new map in the Arab world.