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Ruling Party Members Calling President Saleh Corrupt

  Written By:  Hakim Almasmari ( YEMEN POST STAFF )
  Article Date: December 31, 2007 

Yasser Al-Awadi Ahmed Al-Maisari Mohammed  Al-Qadi President Ali Abdullah Saleh  

The month of December was a nightmare for President Saleh, as members of his own political party clarified that he is linked to corruption and allows other around him to follow the trend.

MP's Yasser Al-Awadhi, Ahmad Al-Maisari, and Mohammed Abdul ilaah Al-Qadi, during interviews with independent newspapers this month all stressed on the matter, causing more damage for the already fragile ruling (GPC) party.

According to the members, Saleh allows those close to him to be corrupt, as well as those loyal to him and his party. Members of his family are considered to be the most that benefit from the corruption, as a cover up by the president is always expected according to the members.

The MP's also criticized the president for the unstable situations in the south, and the chaos that is expected to erupt in the coming months. During the last six months, more chaos, demonstrations, and protest has been witnessed in the south more than any time after the unity, therefore,  making it a haven for opposition political leaders in exile and in the country to damage the unification of Yemen.

The interviews with the three MP's is one of the reason why the government is trying desperately to pass on a law that does not allow citizens to attack the president and considers it a crime, under the slogan of protecting the unity of Yemen.

Such clarification by ruling party members against Saleh comes as a backlash as him as he previously called for corrupted officials to leave their post in government. When addressing the case of corruption he said "We will uproot corruption, so those leaderships that addicted corruption, wasting public funds, lie and fakeness should leave. There is no development without security and stability and this is the responsibility of security institutions, armed forces and local authority."

 In his speech he indirectly mentions fighting corruption through  controlling and auditing organizations in a more proper manner, and the legislative authority must take on its responsibilities quietly and to make field inspection to test performance of the executive authority.

Last year as well, President Saleh lashed out at corrupt officials and corruption from within the government in a nationwide campaign to uproot corruption. Twelve unipoles and 685 MUPI signs went up across the country in the biggest five cities in Yemen: Sana’a, Aden, Taiz, Hodeida and Mukalla with the capital Sana’a having 300 mini posters and 4 unipoles (16 X 4 meters in size). In addition, the campaign extends to the airways, 120 radio inserts, 2 TV flash ads production, and gave-away caps and T-shirts, however, the mission did not accomplish its goals.  Ansaf Mayo, an MP and member of the Financial Committee in the House of Representatives, stressed that the anti- corruption campaign was not effective as he said t: "This campaign is an extension of the workshops and symposiums already held on this issue without any concrete results. It will not achieve its goals unless the government offers a good example for citizens in combating corruption ".

Last year, President Saleh announced that he will not run for presidency, opening a door of hope to citizens to see change in rule in the country after nearly thirty years. However, months later, he changed his view on the issue and announced that he would run for presidency again therefore guaranteeing that he keeps his old crown, the palace and the other accouterments of his monarchy.

The demonstrations that were well organized for the president to accept to return to power included  tents, free Qat and soft drinks, a sound system and preprinted banners. Slogan was heard nationwide, "Finish the mission.

Last year and after winning the presidential elections in Yemen, Mohamed al-Tayeb, a former minister and chairman of the Human Rights Committee in the Shoura Council clarified that Saleh will be faced with a daunting task in cleaning the country from corruption and targeting the high-ranking corrupt officials. He said added to the issue to fighting corruption, "It’s very possible for him to fight corruption," al- Tayeb said. "The president will emerge from these elections very powerful.  His ruling party and government know that he needs to fulfill promises he made during the elections."

President Saleh has ruled Yemen for nearly thirty years, as the number of years will surely be at least 35 years, and that is when his presidency period will end for the current term. What citizens are worried about is what comes after the 35 years. In October 1999, when he began a new term in the presidency, he vowed at a swearing-in ceremony to fight corruption and chaos in Yemen. However, nine years later citizens are still waiting.

 Misa'ed Abdullah Al-Hababi who was a teenager when Saleh took rule 29 years ago, and has not seen any major changes has lost hope in the country and has been desperately trying to leave Yemen for the past 25 years. "Why should I expect change now, when I did not see it over a thirty year span? I come to believe that change will never happen as long as he (referring to the president) is alive."