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Yemenis Undecided on Quality of Transition Leadership

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Yemenis Undecided on Quality of Transition Leadership

Slightly less than one third of Yemenis are quite satisfy with the performance of the Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi during his first year of the transitional period. So revealed the findings of a public opinion survey, conducted by PERCENT Corporation for Polling Research in March 2013 after the completion of the first year of the transition period. The survey covered 19 Yemeni governorates, from which 29 percent reported that they were slightly satisfied with Hadi’s leadership while 25 percent said they were unsatisfied.

The performance of Prime Minister Mohammed Salim Ba-Sindowa has been quite satisfactory, according to 22.4 percent of Yemenis. In addition, 26 percent said they have been somewhat satisfied while 30 percent said they have been unsatisfied. Some 22 percent said they didn’t have an assessment of the Prime Minister’s performance between February 2012 and February 2013.

Hodeida governorate comes in the top list of “satisfied” with 87 percent saying they are satisfied with the President’s performance. Shabwa governorate, along with most southern and eastern governorates except for Abyan, showed the highest percentages of dissatisfaction of the president performance. In Shabwa, 65 percent are dissatisfied with the President’s performance. Similar reports of dissatisfaction were echoed by 58 percent of Hadramout’s youth citizens, 57 percent of Hajja’s and 50 percent of Aden’s.
The feedback on the Prime Minister’s performance showed far less variation between governorates. However, the percentage of those who answer is not encouraging.

The head of PERCENT Corporation for Polling Research, Mohammed Addahri, is also a Yemeni journalist and former correspondent for the UAE-based Khaleej Newspaper. According to Addahari, “the survey results reveal unclear perspectives on governance performance among the Yemeni people at the end of the first year of the transition” due to the high percentage responders who “did not know” how satisfactory the government’s performance was.

Addahri noted that the survey focused on only a small number of service-delivery ministries (in particular, ministries responsible for provision of key services in Yemeni society) as well as a number of political, tribal and religious figures.