Ali Seyf says party under reformation Excluded Nasserite speaks out [Archives:2003/06/Local News]
BY MOHAMMED BIN SALLAM
YEMEN TIMES STAFF
“I admit that some of Nasserite members will disagree with my views and opinions in the political and partisan arena.
Their rejection is not restricted to the contents of these views. They also reject my style in discussions and the expressions I use. That is because they’re unfamiliar to them.
They also see that it is a threat against their safety.”
Such are the words of Ali Seyf Hassan, in an interview with the Times.
Hassan has been recently excluded from the Nasserite party under the pretext of breaching bylaws of the party.
He told the Times that he has totally accepted the exclusion, decision despite of the party’s violation to rules and bylaws.
“Only 19 out of 79 members have unanimously agreed to exclude him from the party’s affiliation. Out of 79, only 24 members belong to the central committee and have voted in favor of the decision,” he said, adding, “Despite of total rejections made by the majority of Nasserite members, I accept the decision,” he noted.
It has to be mentioned that Hassan is one of the leading active founders of the party during 1960s and has occupied several posts.
“You know very well, (journalists) that I’m completely conversant with posing political opinions and I’m a key participant in symposiums, declaring statements, conducting interviews and am one of the activists for accomplishing the democratic transition in Yemen as one of the inexperienced democratic countries,” he told the Times reporter.
As for being charged with spying for the benefit of the US intelligence and Saudi Arabia, he said: “There is a certain kind of inherited malicious style used by some organizations and parties with a view of getting rid of opponents. That is known as the betrayal of whispering campaign for paralyzing the opponent reactions. I have been aware of transforming such betrayal from whispering in order to become known for all. This has been clearly seen when I have achieved tremendous successes and thus I could gain the public opinion in a positive manner. This has also made me to be confident and persistent.”
As for his experience in the Nasserite affiliation in Yemen, Hassan said that the party itself has been still under a slow reformation stage. “We have been still transforming our dogma from certainty to uncertainty. From uncertain point of view, we are in need to reconsider our beliefs and improving it for the better. In this way, we can go ahead and that is what we actually do and other comrades in reality do the same,” he noted.
The future of the party depends entirely on building its rules of procedures on the basis of modern methods.
“If the party could encompasses its political and systematic internal issues in accordance with the modern context, it will undoubtedly, be a key partner in building the future of Yemen,” he said.
“We pin our hopes in the party’s youths to establish a basic infrastructure for the party during the forthcoming parliamentary elections. This can be achieved through establishing new foundations for the Party in Yemen as that of the Labor Party in Britain and other socialist European parties,” he concluded.
Mr. Hassan, 52, has had a wide international exposure with an MA in business administration from Michigan University, has traveled to many countries of the world and has participated in many meetings.