Saleh formally ends 33-year reign, Hadi takes power

Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi (left) and Abdullah Saleh during a ceremony on Monday (February 27th). [Fouad al-Harazi/Al-Shorfa]

Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi (left) and Abdullah Saleh during a ceremony on Monday (February 27th). [Fouad al-Harazi/Al-Shorfa]

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Ali Abdullah Saleh formally stepped down after 33 years in power before a crowd of parliamentarians, tribal leaders and foreign dignitaries at the presidential palace in Sanaa on Monday (February 27th).

"I hand over the banner of the revolution, of the republic, of freedom, of security and of stability [...] to safe hands," said Saleh while standing next to Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who was sworn in as Yemen's new president for a transitional period of two years on Saturday (February 25th).

Saleh said that he would "stand [...] by my brother, the president of the republic," and urged Yemenis to rally behind Hadi in his fight against "terrorism, first and foremost, al-Qaeda".

Hadi won a consensus candidacy vote based on the Gulf Co-operation Council's initiative that was supported by UN Security Council resolution 2014. The initiative was signed in Riyadh last November by all Yemeni political factions.

The new Yemeni president, a southern Yemeni military man, is the second president of the unified Yemen. According to the Yemeni constitution, Hadi begins his duties as president immediately after taking the constitutional oath.

"The elections represented the bridge that took people from despair to hope," Hadi said during the swearing-in ceremony. "This gives the political parties, which are represented in the government, and anyone who has a voice to be heard in this country, the responsibility to safely guide the people towards the future with open, forgiving hearts and a rhetoric that is filled with hope as well as a clear and promising future."

Continuing the fight against al-Qaeda

Hadi pledged in front of parliament to continue fighting al-Qaeda, calling it a "religious and national duty" while cautioning that in the absence of security "the only outcome facing the country is chaos".

The new president said he was committed to returning stability to the entire country, using Yemen's resources and capabilities, solving problems that stand in the face of the country's development, and expanding the middle-class.

The president of the Supreme Commission for Elections and Referendum, Judge Mohammed al-Hakimi, announced in a press conference on Friday that al-Hadi had won the early presidential elections with more than 6 million votes, roughly 65% of the 10 million registered voters.

Judge Saba al-Hajji, member of the Supreme Commission for Elections and Referendum, told Al-Shorfa that the elections "ran very smoothly" and there was a high turnout from voters, especially those that reached the legal age for voting since the last election and were not registered in the election lists. He also said "preliminary estimates indicate wide female participation as female votes reached two million".

"The Supreme Commission for Elections and Referendum has completed its role and the ball is now in the court of the new president, the national unity government and all the parties and organisations in order to take the country to the safe side by organising a national dialogue conference," he said.

Priorities for the next stage

Abdo al-Janadi, spokesman for the General People's Congress (GPC), told al-Shorfa, "Yemen has entered a new stage under the leadership of Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and it is now incumbent upon the new president and the national unity government to eliminate security problems so that army units can go back to their barracks and fighters go back to their regions."

Al-Janadi said that fighting terrorist organisations, especially al-Qaeda, should be high on the president's agenda. Al-Janadi also condemned the terrorist operation on Saturday that targeted the presidential palace in Mukalla, which resulted in 30 deaths and eight injuries.

Abdo al-Odeini, official spokesman for the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP), called for implementing the second stage of the GCC initiative, which includes in its terms a restructuring of the army based on professional and national principles.

He also called for adopting the National Reconciliation Act and to hold a national dialogue conference, which "constitutes the basis for resolving the problems facing Yemen and its future".

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    فواد عاسف

    2012-4-8

    This period was tragic to many Yemenis because they suffered terribly from the dictatorship of this man and his obsession with power as well as favoring his personal interests over the interests of the people. This man proved his failure after he sent the Yemeni people to the abyss because of the poverty, hunger, diseases, and deterioration of the education in Yemen, which is still seen by some people as one of the primitive societies. Saleh was a dictator and no one could discuss his decisions with him . He was a loser in the true sense of the word and his rule was below everyone’s expectations. He was an arrogant tyrant and the period that he spent in power represented the worst years in the life of the Yemeni people because of this suffering that was present throughout the rule of this man. In this period, the interests of the supporters of the regime took precedence over all the interests of the Yemeni people and they lived on the riches of Yemen. This regime, under the leadership of this man, was known for its corruption and robberies. They did not respect the trust that was assigned to them. Therefore, their end was not expected by Saleh or his oppressive men, who proved that they are cruel towards their people, especially when we watched them kill their people with arms. The rule of Ali Abdullah Saleh was full of failure, which eventually ended with the fall of Ali Abdullah Saleh in the end.

  • كمال عوني

    2012-4-8

    I do not think that there is any disagreement that the period during which Ali Abdullah Saleh remained on top of the authority in Yemen saw any care for the people or interest on the part of the ruling authorities to their fate.

  • نعمان

    2012-4-6

    Ali Abdullah Saleh has reached a stage of personal satisfaction that makes him reach the decision to leave power, because he became sure that the people’s word is the supreme word. Nobody, whatever the power he has within his hands, can stand in the face of the people and their decisions, especially after the Yemeni people have continued in their demonstrations and strikes, in spite of the acts that are carried out by Ali Abdullah Saleh’s elements and supporters, who are about to take Yemen to nowhere, and who were about to destroy Yemen and scatter the unity of its people. Moreover, I think that what al-Qaddafi, Hosni Mubarak or Zain Al Abiden have gone through is the best evidence that no president or ruler, whatever the degree of his strictness, will continue ruling amid the refusal of the people of him. This is what makes Ali Abdullah Saleh leave power and allow the Yemeni people to decide their destiny and future. This is a very right decision, because he stopped the bloodshed and alleviated the sufferings from which the Yemeni people were suffering during the days of the demonstrations, when a lot of work was stopped and unemployment spread in a way that reached degrees that affected the well-being of the Yemeni citizen and family. In my opinion, Yemen has started to restore its stature, especially after the initial democratic practices through which a new president of Yemen was selected.

  • زبير احمد

    2012-3-29

    The Yemeni deposed President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his party, the General People's Congress in Yemen, are still influencing the political arena in the country through their contacts and communication with the remnants of al-Qaeda. In fact, they are providing them with money and arms in order to drag Yemen into war, chaos and ruin. They still aspire to bring back Ali Saleh to power and to push the brotherly Yemenis to fight one another. Indeed, Saleh still lives and moves with his clique in the presidential palaces in Yemen. He still holds the power to exchange funds from the treasury of the Yemeni State. He refuses to leave the presidential palaces.

  • ابو خليل

    2012-3-29

    Yemen has been facing poverty for a long time. However, later and especially after the clashes witnessed in the era of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the poverty rate has risen to more than 65%. This is attributable to corruption and the economic slump witnessed in the labor market. Thus, the economic system was affected and poverty became obvious. This rate is very high due to the lack of economic resources in Yemen. Thus, if we want to find a solution to this crisis, we must provide the basic resources as well as spread security and stability in the first place. Indeed, stability plays an important role in all aspects. Moreover, we must educate the youth and encourage them to seek knowledge and progress in order to keep pace with the era. The State must provide them with assistance and provide them with the suitable jobs so they do not become frustrated. This is one of the major reasons for eradicating unemployment. In so doing, we will stimulate the student to work hard and do his best. Thus, the State will prosper and achieve progress as it creates better futures for them. They will build the future of the country and thus eradicate unemployment and poverty.

  • ابو شاكر

    2012-3-28

    In my opinion, the departure of Ali Abdullah Saleh to Saudi Arabia while he was the president of Yemen is considered a victory for the Yemeni people, although it is not a complete victory because his rule still exists as his sons ascended to power through his presidential positions. This doesn’t ensure that the crisis will be resolved because it revolves around either going on with this continuous conflict or agreeing to put an end to it, and this in itself is a conflict which is highlighted through the ongoing violence in Yemen. But the future of Yemen permanently depends on President Saleh: if he comes back, Yemen will continue to move towards the abyss, and if he does not return, Yemen will either witness an era of development and prosperity or remain in the abyss, because the power lies with his relatives. But as long as the will of the people exists, what will happen in Yemen is like what happened in Tunisia and Egypt when Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak stepped down. However, there is only one difference, which is that Saleh might have gone to Saudi Arabia only for treatment and not to step down, and given his health condition, he might not return because of his illness. But the question is whether he will return or not remains open, because the answer could determine the future of Yemen, or if Saudis do not let him return, therefore, activities will thrive in Yemen, and all that happened will be a past period of disappointment for the people of Yemen.

  • صي

    2012-3-26

    As far as I am concerned, President Ali Abdullah’s term during all the 33 years has neither been that good, nor has it measured up to the required level that would fulfill gains for Yemenis. The latter have considered their elected president as a savior and redeemer from the heavy burdens in the different fields in which Yemenis have been suffering, given that he has opted for methods that made people rally around their new leader. In fact, he has promised that he will carry out different kinds of reforms in the country, so that people will live in wealth and luxury. However, he did not carry out the basic promises which he made in his early term in office. Indeed, he has continued in this fake propaganda-like path, and people have gained nothing but fake promises. Soon after people discovered this trick played by the Yemeni president, the latter resorted to a second plan, which was based on sowing dissension between compatriots and applying the famous saying “divide and conquer” in order to take control of the situation, even if this would cost him some money to reach his objective. Actually, he managed to take further control over the people, through the partisan influence of the ruling party members who are closely linked to Ali Abdullah Saleh and those who are benefiting from his existence in office and becoming loyal to the extent that brothers could murder one another if they heard that one of them was opposed to the existing regime led by the Yemeni president. The latter has also resorted to another plan, namely the encouragement of Qat cultivation, especially since it is a drug. As a result, the majority of Yemenis are consuming it in an ordinary way, so that they will become unable to ask for their legitimate rights. In fact, this in itself has led to the spread of administrative and financial corruption in State Departments and to the increase of bribes between people and employees. This has in turn led to the spread of social problems in the country, as a result of unemployment, poverty, the spread of diseases and ignorance. In fact, the government has not reacted towards this considerable decrease in the provision of the necessary services to the people. Thus, the Yemenis have gone out in massive demonstrations in all the provinces, calling for change and for an improvement in the disastrous conditions which the majority of Yemenis are suffering from. Despite that, the government has not responded to these calls.

  • قاسم مجيد

    2012-3-23

    Midget Ali Abdullah Saleh is finally gone forever, and Yemen finally is rid of this filthy criminal dictator, who ravaged the land and took Yemen dozens of years backward during his reign. I have not heard about any accomplishment in Yemen when he was in office, and I feel sorry because this despicable ruler had not been tried and executed in a public square, where Yemeni youth rose against this despicable despot. Unfortunately, he received immunity. I hope that the new government refuses and cancels its commitment to the Gulf or Saudi initiative, which gave Saleh immunity and protected him from the grip of the law, because it is not acceptable to give this wretch an opportunity to live safely after all he did to Yemen and its people during the revolution, especially when he gave direct orders to brutally kill a lot of Yemeni people because they demonstrated against him.

  • نونو

    2012-3-23

    The future of Yemen will certainly be much better than it was during the reign of Ali Abdullah Saleh. Although next stage will be difficult, I feel optimistic and I wish all the best for the Yemen government and its people. The future will be bright and Yemen will be united from north to south, God willing. I hope that calm will prevail in Yemen and I pray to God to protect the Yemeni youth, who toppled Saleh.

  • نسيم علي

    2012-3-20

    The time during which Ali Abdullah Saleh was in authority in Yemen was not a golden time as most Yemenis were hoping for. On the contrary, there were a lot of failures and backwardness during this period because of incorrect policies which he followed without listening to the opinion of his people or at least his ministers and counselors. Ali Abdullah Saleh was one of those presidents who made every decision by himself. No one could discuss it with him or object to his decisions. This is why the Yemeni people reached the point of no return, for instance, the outbreak of the change revolution that overthrew Ali Abdullah Saleh. The revolution made his throne fall along with his policies that did not acquire anything for Yemen except poverty, backwardness, hunger, unemployment, and many other problems. This led to further suffering of the Yemeni people. So, I think Ali Abdullah Saleh was unsuccessful to a great degree. He did not consider the interests of his country and his people.

  • عماد

    2012-3-20

    The former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh used to be seen by the Yemeni people at some point in time as the rescuer of the country. They thought he is the man that will lead Yemen and its people towards the stage of development and progress which would engage Yemen into reconstruction, building and growth. This is what all the Yemenis were looking for. He was the hope of everybody at a certain point in his rule. Yet, with the passage of time, neither Yemen nor its people saw what they were expecting. Abdullah Saleh started to abandon the method leading towards the prospective achievements. His thoughts and policies turned were centered on his own interests and the interests of those around him who fulfilled his policies. He forgot about Yemen and his promise to the people when he ascended the throne of authority. Corruption started to appear along with the love of accumulating money and misuse of public funds. He collected the fortunes for himself, his relatives and the guards of his ruling. Yemen witnessed a lot of neglect at this stage. The country and its people stayed still while the world was taking fast steps towards construction, prosperity, scientific progress, and development. At the same time, Yemen was moving backward. We did not see any kind of development happening in Yemen in any field. On the contrary, Yemen was and still is an underdeveloped country. There is a huge gap between Yemen and the other countries in the region and the whole world.

  • ابو محمود

    2012-3-20

    Many Arab leaders were not responsible in a correct way. That is why many of the Arab nations have seen the same fate. What happened is a testament to the failure and negligence of the corrupt governments and dictators, which harmed the people. God help us. Thus, the idea to get rid of Ali Abdullah Saleh was the best and safest solution, and to choose an eligible government to reform the country as it sees the sons of the Yemeni people suitable, correct, proper, safe, and sound. We wish for the State of Yemen to have all the rights that have been robbed from them for thirty years and enjoy a government characterized by a lot of good qualities in order to contribute to the comfort of the sons of the Yemeni people and compensate them for what they suffered such as pain, soreness, fatigue, deprivation, delinquency, negligence, poverty, hunger, unemployment, and corruption.

  • صديق

    2012-3-20

    The reign of Ali Abdullah Saleh was not successful and was not what the people of Yemen wished for. He was an unjust person who did not care for the people as they wanted. He failed a lot, thus, we see that the period of his rule was not successful. The sons of the Yemeni people called to bring him down and form a fair and impartial government working with sincerity, honor and conscience of a human being, provide all the human rights, services, and eliminate a lot of the negative aspects left by Ali Abdullah Saleh as a result of his reign, which lasted for more than thirty years.

  • مقداد

    2012-3-20

    What happened in the State of Yemen shows that Ali Abdullah Saleh has not fulfilled his duty as head of state. He had failed a lot and he did not help or aid the people of Yemen. Thus, what happened has happened regarding the revolution against former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. His reign was not satisfactory to the sons of the nation and he had neglected a lot of the rights of the people. He did not fulfill his duty as required of him. He used the dictatorial regime against the citizens. He did not provide them freedom and democracy, but dealt with them with cruelty and violence. He did not provide them any side of service, repair or development. The sons of the Yemeni people are suffering from poverty, hunger, unemployment, degradation, and bad services, as well as ignorance, corruption, underdevelopment, disease, and loss of human rights, which were to be provided.

  • مشيد صدقي

    2012-3-19

    Ali Abdullah Saleh, instead of building Yemen and making it one of the developed and advanced countries, brought Yemen to the pre-industrial renaissance age, making people suffer from backwardness in all spheres of life where the number of poor and unemployed reached more than half the population of Yemen.

  • محمد قادر

    2012-3-19

    One of the things that made me feel comfortable and happy is the removal of one of the greatest tyrants of the Arab dictatorship regimes that made his people suffer over 33 years; he used different means of oppression and slavery, and denial of services against his own people, resulting in infecting the poor people of various social ills, which was caused by the deprivation of services, widespread unemployment, poverty, hunger, illiteracy and disease in different social circles.

  • فوزي غسان

    2012-3-19

    Of the most important reasons that led to the spread of extremism and terrorism in Yemen are the illiteracy, ignorance and poverty suffered by the people of Yemen during the reign of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. He was imposed on the people for more than 33 years, making them suffer from shortages in various services as well as the exposure of the people to failure in living experienced by each member of the community due to the gap in the needs that people in the country were unable to fill, in addition to the spread of illiteracy among citizens who were unable to provide the opportunity to send their children to school, resulting in a lack of social awareness, which in turn led to a lack of the awareness of the individual in Yemeni culture through which the distinction between right and wrong could come, in order to avoid falling into the clutches of terrorist organizations that exploit ordinary people who do not have cultural and intellectual backgrounds.

  • يحيى صدقي

    2012-3-17

    Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh failed to improve the conditions of Yemen, despite the fact that he spent 34 years in power, and this gives a good impression and makes us optimistic about the coming period and the future of the generations to come, which were deprived of their fathers at the hands of Ali Abdullah Saleh, who also made the generation of the fathers suffer from ceaseless deterioration since his coming to power. He deprived Yemen of its promising youth and their massive potentials that went into oblivion, due to deprivation, neglect and Khat. The Yemenis were lost throughout the period during which Ali Abdullah Saleh (the good for nothing Ali, as he is nicknamed) was suppressing them.

  • ابو نور

    2012-3-16

    The situation in Yemen will get better, especially with the departure of Ali Abdullah Saleh, the former president of Yemen. He reigned in the country for many years and did not provide what was expected of him because he was not as responsible as expected in my opinion. Yemen is a country that lives with the assistance of other countries. It was possible to be better than this. Thus, the next stage will witness many radical changes with the political change that took place in the country. I think that it will always be going towards the positive development with God’s will. However, something else remained. I hope that Yemen will get rid of it because it may be one of the causes of obstruction in the development. It is al-Qaeda and its cells located in some areas of Yemen. I hope to get rid of it because getting rid of this terrorist organization means that the situation in Yemen would be much better. Yemen will be able to make investments and attract many tourists and companies. The stable security situation plays a major role in such matters. For this reason, we must deal quickly with this terrorist organization which is, in my opinion, one of the remnants of the former regime. They gave it the opportunity to exist in Yemen.

  • ريبع عاطف

    2012-3-15

    The departure of Ali Abdullah Saleh is good, and it has many positive results, because the Yemenis have suffered much under his rule, who offered nothing to make the people feel comfortable. He did not provide services to the Yemenis and did not work towards developing the state. Hence, his departure is a good development that has been awaited for a long period, so the Yemenis can live in peace, security and stability. The people want to eliminate unemployment, hunger, corruption, ignorance, poverty and disease. Hence, the departure of Saleh should have happened a long time ago in order to allow the people to get rid of the suppression, deprivation, disease, hunger, poverty, deterioration and backwardness in the country. We hope that Yemen will have a better and brighter future under different circumstances. This is what we wish for Yemen, which we hope will enjoy peace and stability, God willing.

  • منجد صالح

    2012-3-15

    The period of the rule of Ali Abdullah Saleh was the worst ever. In fact, he has weakened the power of the Arabs in Yemen. The Yemenis had reached a very difficult situation. The country has witnessed devastation because of the cruelty of the regime. Indeed, all the terrorist attacks which occurred in Yemen are attributable the rule of Ali Abdullah Saleh because he is the only one responsible for the worrying and oppression in Yemen. He had abandoned Yemen in favor of those despicable and cowardly terrorist organizations in Yemen. I supplicate God Almighty to make him a defeated person. The immunity he managed to obtain is meaningless before Almighty Allah. Allah and the people will hold him accountable for his evil deeds in Yemen. This country had become poor and humiliated. I supplicate Almighty Allah to help the Yemeni people and grant them success. Amen. I hate Ali Abdullah Saleh so much because he is responsible for the bad position of his country. Yet, he still enjoys a pleasant life. However, God Almighty will deprive him of everything good because he led Yemen to total destruction. God willing, the future of Yemenis and all Arab peoples will be brighter.

  • سليم

    2012-3-14

    For more than 33 years, Ali Abdullah Saleh has ruled Yemen and his reign ended recently, postponing the performance of Abed Rabbo Mansour of the oath as an elected president of Yemen. Some believe that Ali Abdullah Saleh was a safety valve which prevented Yemen from fallinging into the trap of separation. However, the separation is not led by the Union or individual effort, rather it is determined by the people. If the people unite, nobody may be able to separate them. Ali Abdullah Saleh ruled during years of ignorance and oppression as well as violation of freedom. His reign has witnessed a lot of things that have contributed to the collapse of Yemen and lack the important elements of development. It was a bloody reign where the concern is of the personal interests and staying in power at the expense of Yemen and the Yemenis. There is no genuine interest in education and economic growth that the Yemenis can feel and there is no interest in Yemen in spite of possessing the elements that enables it to prosper. Perhaps the best thing done by the former president is that he became a former president, in spite of his attempts and maneuvers which failed for the good fortune of Yemen. There is the transfer of authority to begin Yemen in an era where it can recover from in an effort to develop the country.

  • ابو مصعب

    2012-3-14

    For the inheritance, I do not know when the exact idea of succession originated for Ali Abdullah Saleh. Was it an old idea that originated and grew in his mind with time after his children grew up or an idea of a new emergency? However, it took over his mind, inevitably, especially regarding his son Ahmed, who prepared militarily in both Britain and Jordan. Otherwise, the leadership of the Republican Guard is a striking parallel to the armed forces that cannot surpass them in power and weaponry. Before that, the system of government was set up where his family is the most important joint of the military and security institutions. The question of succession of his son Ahmed is only the culmination of the family which has brought to his regime as I pointed.

  • وسمي

    2012-3-14

    The system of governance of Ali Abdullah Saleh is an umbrella to protect his interests. The real fear was from the military institution, especially the armed forces. This fear had been growing for him after the coup of Nasserites, which was strongly crushed. He killed some of the prominent leaders incarcerated in detention centers while the rest fled. In order to ensure their continued loyalty, he put his brothers and relatives at the top of most brigades as well as military and security institutions, and at the official level, legal and legislative, it was not the regime in Sana'a that provided the opportunity for political parties. In fact, they were forbidden, and the slogan was “He who is partisan is a traitor!”. As a matter of fact, there was the presence of the forces and political parties in the north. This was a long-standing presence and included the Baathists, the nationalists, the leftists, the Nasserites, the “Muslim Brotherhood”, and other currents. The system itself had established what he called the “General People's Congress” as a kind of a coalition of several political groups that all met on a “Charter” which passed as a political program.

  • يوسف عبدالعظيم

    2012-3-14

    Saleh has given up power, but the fragile Yemeni state is still at his mercy as well as the system. The state in Yemen, at this historic juncture, is only the military and security forces, because the children of the President and his brothers of the institution of security, namely the Republican Guard, Special Forces, state security, national security, and some armed units have not announced their support for the revolution yet. Saleh departed following a drop in the support of the Yemeni tribes for him, after trying to get closer to them with money, and his quest for creating sedition among them through the use of multiple methods, including having each tribe carry arms against the other. However, the people of the two tribes discovered in the end that they were receiving arms from the same source. The era of Ali Abdullah Saleh lasted for more than 33 years of tyranny, oppression, dictatorship, and family and personal corruption dominating the state. Yemen is suffering today from an economic and financial crisis, where there is an exponential widespread unemployment. There is a complete deficit in the administrative institutions, besides the basic problems of mobility in the south and the issue of southern Yemen as well as the northern problems, which lies in the Houthi movement and, more importantly, al-Qaeda. However, this movement has become an effective element in the life of Yemen and the control of many areas in the south and north, and trying to control the Yemen in general. Ali Saleh used them in order to impose an internal balance and put them in the face of the Houthists. He also used al-Qaeda and employed its members externally as an international bogeyman so that the countries of the world would stand with him in staying in power. It is also because of the regional and international interventions seeking to arrange the situation in Yemen to their advantage. The future of Yemen today is at stake. Is it because it is in the hands of the new president, al-Qaeda, the tribes, or the separation between the two parts of Yemen?

  • الياس نوري

    2012-3-14

    Ali Abdullah Saleh was a military man and he adopted the military ideology during his last years in power. During the last few years of his rule, he had the final say in all affairs of the country, and he was interfering in everything, for fear of his rule being destabilized, to the extent that it was said that he was also interfering in employing the minor officials in the state. So, what do you expect from a man who does this? What do you expect from a man who considers himself a god or demigod whose orders must be obeyed and whose wishes must be achieved? What do you expect from a man who did everything to remain in power? He lived as a humble servant of the USA and the West, for them to be satisfied with him. However, he terrified them and the whole world with the alleged threat of the spread of the terrorist al-Qaeda in case he left power! He convinced all parties that their interests would be in real danger if he left power. What do you expect from such a president who adopts such policies? What type of economy can you expect in a state owned by a single person? What do you think about democracy in such circumstances? I will leave the answer to the wise people!

  • صباح راشد

    2012-3-13

    Saleh and the future of Yemen cannot be in the same sentence, because Saleh cares only about his own interest. This is proved by the passage of days; it was proved by the revolution of the Yemeni people. The future of Yemen will not become clear until the departure of Saleh. The departure of Saleh is an important step in the history of the Yemeni people; it is a big shift toward the future. Saleh was the biggest and most serious threat to the development and progress of the Yemeni people. He is the copy of his contemporaries in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria and Libya. The proof is that he did not step down before the loss of many innocent people and the violation of many of the Yemenis' freedoms. The future of Yemen is now better and clearer than it used to be during the time of Saleh. The departure of Saleh is a very big step towards a better future for the Yemenis. From here the Yemeni future begins. The freedom of the people will begin, who used to be free, prosperous and the source of many sciences. The future of Yemen is in the hands of its people. It is in the hands of every Yemeni citizen. Now we have the biggest and most critical test, which is the elevation of Yemen towards a better future to make up for all the development, progress and freedom that the people missed, so that every Yemeni citizen will feel that and become proud of himself among other countries of the world. Down with Saleh and his followers, who messed up the country and spread corruption. Their punishment was the revolution of the oppressed people asking for their rights, and to prove that they are not slaves. They are citizens with freedom and dignity, and they have to enjoy them in their country, like any other country.

  • مسعود مظهر

    2012-3-12

    The Yemeni people should have demanded that Ali Abdullah Saleh be dethroned in order to replace him with a better person who would be able to improve the country, provide the people with all their needs, put an end to poverty, hunger, corruption and unemployment, as well as give women their rights, provide educational and medical services for them and work on building and construction projects, to bring about a better reality for Yemen and its people.

  • مشيد جلال

    2012-3-12

    My opinion of the former president of Yemen is that he ruled Yemen for a very long time. He might have provided help and assistance for the people, but he definitely was derelict in reforming and developing the country. He didn’t work enough to change life and contribute to the well-being of the people in Yemen. As a result, people took to the streets demanding their rights, which had long been taken away from them. He should have worked harder to serve his people and provide them with services in order for them to support him. But what really happened is that he failed miserably to serve the people and, as a result, they continued to suffer from abject poverty, hunger, corruption and unemployment. Yemenis are very poor and they need a lot of support and assistance. These were the real reasons that drove the people to go out on the streets and demand their stolen rights. The Arab citizen is generally deprived of all his humanitarian and service rights and many other things. Therefore, the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh deserved to step down and delegate power, because there are other people who can take control, bring about change and serve the people well, God willing. During his term in office, there was widespread hunger, poverty, diseases and neglect of a lot of services, which he was supposed to improve and deliver to the people, but instead, he committed a lot of mistakes. Consequently, the Yemeni people continued to live in poverty. Yemen is the only country which hasn’t witnessed a lot of improvements and changes in all the essential fields of life.

  • مالك شامل

    2012-3-12

    I think that Ali Abdullah Saleh was probably bringing good ideas to Yemen in some aspects, but at the same time had negative thoughts and things that were not positive, which were the reason for people coming out in this way demonstrating against him and toppling him from the seat of power. He was preparing to stay in the presidency as long as possible and after that he would appoint his son as his successor, and this is what showed that he is not interested in the future of Yemen or that he respects democracy or change. He also took power for himself in a very long way and in recent years he no longer served the country as required. There is no education, no development, no services, and no good life and nothing mentioned at all. Yemen was declining and the rest of the countries are constantly progressing, and therefore this revolution was done by the Yemeni people to get rid of this system, which did not meet their aspirations, in addition to the fear of the Yemenis due to the increase of extremist ideology and the continuation of al-Qaeda in control of areas one after the other. This is what reveals the weakness of the system or its cooperation with al-Qaeda. Thus, I think that Ali Abdullah Saleh was not a conciliator in leading Yemen in the long and remote term and he did not provide what other leaders of other countries did, who did not rule as long as he ruled.

  • صبحي فارس

    2012-3-9

    Ali Abdullah Saleh is just like the rest of despotic rulers who are derelict in executing their duties towards their people. He reigned for more than 30 years and never did anything to make Yemen like the developed countries. Was there any development in his time? We did not see any developed infrastructure, but more failure in building an institutionalized civil and organized state where men could take turns leading it. He took advantage of the ignorance and retardation of the Yemeni people and fooled them by using slogans and promises. He ruled Yemen through tribal leaders and governance. Yemen witnessed an active movement of Houthis, the presence of al-Qaeda and confrontations with Saudi Arabia over borders. He used the Yemeni unity for his own interest only and provoked sectarian and tribal strife in order so he could prevail. He sought assistance from powers of evil inside and outside borders, both at the Arab and international levels, to ascend the zenith of Yemeni hierarchy of power. He divided the south of Yemen among his aides and followers from both the north and south. He didn’t establish a Yemeni state based on political and scientific principles.

  • شريف غازي

    2012-3-9

    His end was that of any tyrant. He was expelled. He solicited forgiveness from the Yemeni people for his injustice, dictatorship, oppression, and the dissipation of public money for the interest of his authority.

  • نجاد

    2012-3-8

    I consider the ruling period of Saleh a dark age. In fact, Yemen will really suffer from it, due to the backwardness it left behind and its backward position compared to the other neighboring countries. You can have a look at the Gulf countries and notice that the difference is obvious. Why doesn’t Yemen become like any other Gulf country? We have a president, like they do. Here lies the difference! Some come to serve the interests of their people and country, while others come to achieve their personal and family interests.

  • محمد السوقي

    2012-3-8

    I think that Ali Abdullah Saleh provided nothing to Yemen. Maybe there is someone who does not share the same opinion with me. However, I want him to give me just one positive thing that was carried out by Ali Abdullah Saleh. In fact, he did not rule the country for one, two or 10 years! He had been ruling Yemen over many years. We all know that he used to impose his power over everything. No one could oppose his authority, neither the parliament nor the opposition. Thus, he could have changed many things to develop the country in order to improve the living conditions of the citizens or to eradicate backwardness. He was doing the exact opposite. He did not want the country to develop. He wanted no cultivated person in the country, lest he defy him some day. It was wicked of him, as he had long-term objectives. However, he ignored the fact that the Yemeni people are a free Arab people. When there was an opportunity, all people men and women took to the streets and demanded that he step down. And this is what happened, as he stepped down under public pressure, which forced him to leave power as he has not achieved anything for the country.