In the Name of Allah the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
With the aide of Allah (SWT), we reached an agreement today, Monday the 16th of March, 2015, in line with humanitarian and constitutional rights, to end the house arrest of Prime Minister Khaled Mahfoudh Bahah and all members of the resigned cabinet, guaranteeing them full freedom of movement inside and outside the homeland. This positive step comes as a goodwill gesture and reflects the much appreciated collaborative efforts of the leadership of Ansaruallah and the United Nations envoy, Jamal Benomar. This decision was also in response to the calls of political parties, civil society organizations and other international efforts and reflects upon the efforts of the good people of this nation to end the house arrest procedures which began on the 19th of January, 2015. Finally, this move echoes the spirit of responsibility which all parties adhere to, in hopes of moving the ongoing political process along a positive path, and under the auspices of the United Nations. It is worth noting that the technocratic cabinet submitted its resignation on the 22nd of January, 2015 and continues to stress its refusal to serve as caretaker of the country during these exceptional circumstances. This provides the necessary space for political factions to step up and assume their patriotic responsibility and reach an agreement that will put the nation back on the track of political transition, as is in accordance with the GCC initiative and implementation mechanism, outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference, and the Peace and National Partnership agreement.
I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely call upon all the powers, social and political factions to save the security, stability, territorial unity of Yemen. Furthermore, I call upon all parties to work together in a responsible and sincere manner to weather the political fallback which is currently guiding the future of the nation, the people and the state, towards – God Forbid – catastrophic magnitudes; by then no one will survive such disastrous consequences.
Furthermore, I call upon all to preserve the civil, law enforcement and military institutions of the state and to maintain neutrality away from political polarization and interferences, no matter what are the reasons or who is responsible; the state is the sole safe haven and the custodial which serves our resilient people.
In the end, I bid you farewell, I will be leaving the beloved capital Sana’a to visit my family after being forced to stay for nearly two months inside my residence. This is was a unique experience in my professional career and I truly mean it, it was an unmatchable experience, yes it was painful to stay in one place and for my freedom and mobility to be restricted, but the greatness and loyalty of the friends that I have known, and others whom I have never met but fate brought us together, and was able to recognize their nobility and morals; thus transforming my suffering to a great experience. Therefore, I have to offer my sincere gratitude to the unconstrained national solidarity from those great men and women that flocked to my home or communicated with me from all parts of these national and foreign lands, this reflected on the gentle, noble, ethical and gracious values of our Yemeni society.
God save Yemen;
God bless us with patience;
God guide us to the right path.
Resigned Prime Minister
Khaled Mahfoudh Bahah
16 March 2015