Ousted Saleh Spoiling Yemen’s Politics (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gavriel Queenann 03/22/12)
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Ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh has become a thorn in the side of
Yemen´s new government.
In November last year, Saleh formally agreed to end his 33-year rule
and signed a GCC deal he had previously backed out of three times.
Under the deal, Saleh would pass power to his deputy Abd-Rabbo
Mansour Hadi in exchange for a grant of immunity from prosecution.
Shortly after signing the deal in Riyadh, Saleh continued to act as a
president; issuing decrees, and receiving and sending letters to
international leaders leading to demands from Hadi that the former
president stop his meddling.
Hadi reportedly went so far as to ask officials in Washington, who
backed the GCC-brokered transfer of power deal, to block Saleh´s
return to Yemen from the U.S. where he was seeking medical treatment
ahead of his own inauguration.
Washington, who considered Saleh a political hot potato, refused and
allowed him to return amid rumors the fourth Arab dictator to be
driven from power during the Arab Spring was seeking exile in Addis
Saleh´s own staff gave traction to those rumors ahead of Hadi´s
formal ascension to the presidency, but after Hadi´s inauguration he
immediately reversed course and announced he would be staying.
Many observers thought Saleh would stop interfering when Hadi was
formally sworn in as the rubber-stamped president last month, but he
has not stopped.
Instead, Saleh has moved – as Hadi feared – from being president of
Yemen to president of Yemen´s ruling party. Many have taken to
calling Saleh "president of the president" since Hadi is still his
deputy in the party bureaucracy.
Last month he went so far as to personally contact military
commanders during a major terrorist attack and gave conflicting
orders – interfering in the evacuation of wounded soldiers from the
site of an Al-Qaeda attack that killed 78.
The opposition´s Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) said that Yemen could
not be stable and no political settlement would be reached as long as
Saleh remained involved in Yemen´s politics.
"Saleh was given immunity from prosecution in exchange for completely
leaving the political process," JMP spokesman Abd Al Galeb Al Audaini
told Gulf News.
"His work as a president of his party shows that he is not committed
to his promise. He can´t have his cake and eat it too. He can´t be a
political figure and at the same time have immunity."
Al Audaini urged the countries that brokered the peace initiative to
step in and stop the former president from jeopardizing the political
"The sponsors of the GCC initiative have an ethical duty to say ´no´
to any party that tries to impede the implementation of the
initiative," he said. "Saleh was given the immunity to prevent more
bloodshed in the country. People died in the streets to get rid of
his regime and will not tolerate seeing him ruling Yemen again."
Saleh´s party, the General People´s Congress, and the former
opposition´s Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) are in a coalition
government under Hadi – who is widely seen as an honest broker
dedicated to political reform.
Earlier this week, Hadi was forced to intervene when JMP ministers
refused to attend cabinet and committee meetings in protest of
Saleh´s continued machinations. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/22/12)
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