A mistake that is required to be committed [Archives:2008/1216/Opinion]

December 15 2008

Abdurrazaq Al-Jamal
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.””