By NY Staff
Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi has demanded all competent authorities to adopt a new strategy to face and control terrorist acts.
President Hadi said, during his meeting with military and security leaders for a number of provinces, that terrorist acts affect negatively our homeland because they cause significant damage to Yemen’s national economy, for example in that they drive out investors from the country and lead to high unemployment among young people.
He pointed to the great work that in the National Dialogue, which started its final sessions last Tuesday. He said that he relied upon these final sessions to draw the features of the new future of Yemen, a Yemen that would provide all with justice, equality, and good governance.
Hadi emphasized that the outcomes of the Conference and its final document will help Yemen avoid the risk of serious consequences, pointing to the big tasks of founding an effective military and security apparatus in order to lay the foundations of Yemen’s security and stability.
Hadi said that military institutions today are no longer those units that were facing each other during the 2011 crisis, but instead stand as one unified power, loyal to Allah and the nation and unmoved by self-interest. This is the embodiment of Yemen’s restructuring process.
He further explained that Yemen faces in this important stage of its history many challenges and interlaced crises, among them political, security and economic, and stressed the need for concerted efforts to address them.
There remain only a few months to end the transitional phase in Yemen under the Gulf Initiative. Restructuring the army, finding a solution to southern and Sa’ada issues and entrenching the principles of democracy through competitive, free and fair elections were all of the priorities of the transitional phase, and the Yemeni people have expressed fervent hopes that all of these goals will be achieved. However, talk began weeks ago of extending the Transitional Period beyond the two-year period specified by the Gulf Initiative.
Talk of such an extension came from two contradictory sources. The first promoted the extension, arguing that the extension was necessary to pull Yemen from its predicament. This source emphasized the importance of President Hadi’s role in managing Yemen during this period, suggesting that 24 million Yemenis became stupid, incapable people protected only by the sane members of the government and the presidency. Moreover, the end of Hadi’s term in power will give a chance for the former regime and its corrupt symbols to turn against the achievements of the youth revolution and the Gulf Initiative, they argued. The Reform Party and its youth members were the most vocal promoters of an extension.
On other hand, the opposing source sees a need to adhere to the Gulf Initiative and its executive mechanisms, adding to this the importance of holding presidential and parliamentary elections on time. Otherwise, (in the case of extension) the transitional period will only produce a new Arab dictatorship, which will be difficult to dispose of when the transitional period finally ends.
The General People’s Congress and its supporters are the most fervent opponents to extension. This opposition, however, isn’t born out of love for the homeland as they claim, but rather is an attempt to return to monopoly power if elections are held. All signs indicate that the Congress Party is enjoying great popularity, in addition to its massive financial resources and external support, in particular from the Gulf Cooperation Council.
With the presence of a press and media lacking ethics, responsibility, and conscience, the Yemeni public opinion has become confused between the extension and subsequent creation of a dictatorship, and no extension and the return of the former regime. To this day, there isn’t a newspaper or local channel that does not fall prey to one of these polarized options when discussing an extension.