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When Politics go Bad
  Written By:  Hakim Almasmari ( Editor-in-Chief)*
  Article Date:
November 10, 2008 



With the parliamentary elections less than six month away, and both sides, (ruling party and opposition), still as far apart as anyone could imagine, Shiekh Hamid Al-Ahmar decided to add more pain to the already existent wound between both sides.

In the exclusive interview Al-Ahmar conducted with Al-Jazeera, he was trying to send a strong message to the government after nearly 8 months of avoiding the political scene, saying the strongest of words and criticism to the current government.

Is this really what he was supposed to do? Did he have to go live and disgrace the ruling party and at times even send signals of threats on live television?

Last week, President Saleh said clearly that the ruling party does not care if opposition parties participate in the upcoming elections or not, stressing that the elections will go as planned.

So with that said, what is the opposition Joint Meeting Party (JMP),  supposed to do? It tried to call for protests and demonstrations as tens of them were witnessed across the country, but that didnít work. It tried over one year of negotiations, but that also went in vain. It tried to talk to the president directly ignoring the entire ruling party, but that only made matters worse.

With all doors closed, the opposition feels that the only way left is to start a fierce attack game, and that is exactly what Al-Ahmar did.

So, is this bad politics? You be the judge when matters get worse in the next few months.

* Editor-in-Cheif could be reached at:  editor@yemenpost.net