An electoral coalition against crisis-producing factors [Archives:2008/1214/Opinion]

December 8 2008

Nabeel Al-Sofi
No to parliamentary elections dedicating elements and factors that produce national crises. And, the elections may not be reconsidered unless the real causes of the political and national crisis are diagnosed and treated. Both statements are quoted from a famous article by former Yemeni Parliament Speaker Yasin Saeed Numan and current Yemeni Socialist Party (YSP) Secretary-General.

I hope that Numan and his colleagues in the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) welcome my objection to them as a citizen, who was once an active member in their coalition. I agree with you (Numan) in this context, as well as in your warning to the authority that “This authority is no longer accepted to take its decisions through the old style.”

Dear Numan, you need to bear in mind that your talk about the national crisis invites us to search for solutions from parties other than those involved in the crisis, irrespective of how much each party contributed to the crisis.

The issue has nothing to do with condemnation or blame. Rather, it is a call for joint work outside those directly involved parties through technical innovation that concentrates on the content. The opposition leader seems to have been dealing with his supporters as a capital harvesting mistakes of the authority and confronting top priority issues among the affluent individuals in society in lieu of great historians.

This is an action, which the old institutions, including the Presidency, the Nasserite Unionist Popular Organization, Islah Party, YSP and the ruling General People's Congress (GPC) daren't undertake. Dependence on JMP to make good additions for Yemen is nothing more than extra fatigue for the opposition coalition and homeland as well.

As the average Yemeni citizen doesn't get more than 12 dollars a year of his state's budget that goes to anonymous structures and posts, the visions and plans set by members of political parties' general secretariats or their old generations serve only less than this rate of opposition members and supporters.

Yemen is in need for a new political coalition, which must be fundamentally different from issues of the national crisis and those who generate it. The JMP is the sort of coalition that deceives traditions of currently existing political parties and rules of their establishment. It is a kind of coalition that gives a top priority to the broad issues of today. It is a coalition that is extremely engaged in housing crises, as well as other problems relating with social planning.

The opposition coalition pays a great attention to trivial up-dating grassroots like this example: 'The Sabafone celebrates the occasion of having two million subscribers.' The opposition views this number, achieved by communication technology, as more valuable than speeches given by Sheikh Hamid Al-Ahmar and other opposition leaders.

Upcoming elections: real test for the opposition

The upcoming parliamentary elections constitute a golden chance that may test the opposition coalition in light of three aspects outside the opposition's demands and ruling party's control.

First, the opposition doesn't rescind its decision to boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections despite the fact that the way it boycotts appeared to create obstacles to arrangements for the electoral process.

Second, there is a need to establish a new electoral coalition based on cultural pillars that should agree only on the less number of common features. This coalition is preferred to include men and women, who should nominate themselves for Parliament seats in selected constituencies to give a different speech from those delivered by parties directly or indirectly involved in the national crisis.

Third, President Ali Abdullah Saleh should stop using the elections for the sake of further political control. In other words, as long as the opposition is boycotting the elections, President Saleh and his party leaders need not run in the elections alone.