Al-Usboo [Archives:2005/833/Press Review]

April 14 2005

7 Apr. 2005
Main headlines

– Sheikh al-Ahmar apologizes for mediating with authorities, Government forces prepare to launch big offenses against rebels

– Yemen's delegation to Guantanamo comes back with files instead of 13 detainees

– Professors of the seven Yemeni universities would resume their strike

– IMF team discusses implementation of sales tax

Ahmed Abdrabah Alawi says in his article what is on the Middle East arena now is the political reform. The term reform means there is a failure necessitating to be put straight. But some do not want to admit the presence of a failure and hence came the terminology of development and expansion of the political action instead of political reform and democratic change. Let's in the first place admit that the political reform is considered a term exaggerated in its use, whether by governments or the opposition, but nothing has been achieved on the ground. Ideas are contradictory about the matter that made it look like a far-fetched dream.

Indications confirm that the need for political reform, despite of its necessity is still in the stage of verbal need and it is resorted to whenever there is a contradiction emerging between the government and the opposition on national issues.

No one thinks differently on the importance of political reform, as it is complementary of economic reform. We can interpret that by saying that the political reform represents the first steps towards economic reform. Legislatively the reform needs a bunch of organizing laws to stabilize reform by working out a continuous political process and not a project we enter and then get finished. Reform would continue as long as the society grows and develops daily. Nevertheless, this concept is still absent in the mind of the government an opposition.