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A mistake that is required to be committed (Opinion).

Most of the time, I understand the position of those who oppose bequeathal of power, but I don't understand why they don't read real facts on the ground in a proper manner. The main cause of the problem in Yemen is that we deal with terms and principles without taking their grounds into consideration. We apply strategies on a non-strategic ground, which under no circumstance may accept them.

We are against bequeathal of power to the sons, too, but in principle. However, when there is an urgent need, I side with bequeathal of power because I don't believe that there is a real democratic system, nor do I blame the authority for this issue as long as the ground still is unprepared to apply rules of the democratic game.

Power bequeathal opponents committed two mistakes at two different points of time. First, they stood against the principle without differentiating between it, as a painful scratch on the heart of democratic action and as a public need. The second mistake occurred when those opponents misled people through this position that democracy in Yemen is good while in fact they see otherwise.

Those opponents understand bequeathal of power as a wrong principle aside from what is taking place on the ground. This is the main source of the problem. They would have avoided such a mistake if they said, "it is a wrong principle in a democratic state."

However, I suspect that they don't want to say this because they always talk about a state lacking its real principle and presence of democracy as a chanted slogan not a real fact on the ground. And, this is due to take them into a dilemma of discussing issues without seeing their real grounds.

The opposition is probably needed to discuss such matter as it appears on the ground, as well as understand how weak their visions are. If the chance, miracle or destiny help the opposition reach power and rule the country, this step will under no circumstance mean a success. It will instantly transform into a complicated problem, which is hard for one to resolve.

Limitless powers for limitless allegiance

Influential constituents of the government are excessively dependent on unlimited powers in exchange for unlimited allegiance and loyalty with President of the State. These constituents are merely in the form of overlapping and interrelated networks until the extent that reproduction of these networks becomes rampant nationwide.

Mr. President is involved in his influential constituents more than the opposition and people are involved in them. But, presence of the opposition as an ambitious political partner makes the matter of retaining these constituents an urgent necessity, taking into account that the main issue is alliances.

A corrupt individual may be the luckiest one in terms of establishing a closer relation with the government. However, what does matter here is that making any change, in case the opposition reaches power, may work only through reducing powers of influential constituents in the various state's institutions to the minimum possible level. This is an impossible matter, but the real issue relates with fighting against what they realize as a personal possession (bequeathal of power to the relatives).

In this case, I don't know whether the opposition will quit power after a reasonable reign, will be engaged in non-equivalent confrontations or will hope that it already disfigured how comfortable it is to stay aside from the democratic process. Having been engaged in conflicts over power, the opposition may admit that Ahmad Ali Abdullah Saleh, Son of Yemen's current President, is the best option to rule the nation for the coming stage of Yemen's history.

The opposition will realize that it must start from the zero point if it wants to practice another political action, represented by the necessity of creating a useable ground for this action.

Source: Al-Wasat Weekly...

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Publication:Yemen Times (Sana'a, Yemen)
Date:Jul 29, 2009
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