Al-Umma [Archives:2005/829/Press Review]

March 31 2005

24 Mar.2005
Main headlines

– The president gives directives for setting up a new dialogue committee, confirming non-targeting al-Zaidiya

– Submitting their case to the parliament, demands for the release of the two scholars al-Dailami, Muftah and the rest of detainees

– JMP condemns demolition of houses and arrests among Thi Sifal citizens in Ibb

– Soufan denies depletion, confirms oil sector promising in the long-run More than 16 police officers in Taiz trained on principles of humans rights

– Women Forum and evaluation of citizenship and democracy

Columnist Hussein Zaid Bin Yahya writes that there is a proportion of corruption inside the opposition parties but the problem is not that only despite that the opposition parties indulgence in corruption is a problem in itself. The demanded stance before thinking of change is to think first of the qualified alternative that is capable of good governance. Thus, we have first to reform the opposition that is hoped for leading the state after the triumph of the movement of democratic and peaceful change.

All the opposition parties, until now, have no national project to after change stage and rather this question has not come to their minds. Therefore, we do not see any sign to be counted in favour of the political opposition as evident of their preparation with a clear-cut vision and program under active leadership and cadre to lead and establish for the modern civilian state.

Reform of the political opposition acquires significance inside and outside. The call for reforming the opposition is first through pushing it towards preparing itself as a live political system, interactive with the masses and convincing to them in the manner restoring the flux of life and communication between the partisan organization and the people.

The new thinking of the opposition parties has to admit first the diversity of the Yemeni society components and that the volume of destruction that was practiced by corruption system was not confined to economy and the state military and civil organizations only but extended to the environment, ethics, generation and the national unity.

This requires inevitably a broad and diversified opposition whose common denomination could be the modern civic state, its stage program is first to stabilize the principle of the peaceful transfer of power and enhancement of the democratic regime and the freedoms.