Yemenis celebrated the end of the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) with joy and relief, feeling confident that tomorrow could be better. They now await the implementation of the NDC resolutions.
Maps to solve the country’s problems were outlined.
The international community is united in support of Yemen.
Unfortunately, Houthis were clashing with Hashid tribes in the north as seven people were killed as Yemen celebrated this great day. The Houthis chose to boycott the celebrations.
The country’s Prime Minister also boycotted the celebrations.
Hadi is guaranteed presidency over Yemen until the next fair elections take place, whether that be in one year or ten. That could be a good thing for a country that was in fear of falling into a civil war just two years ago. Nearly all the factions in the country accept him.
Yemen will most likely be divided into six states within the next two years. It would take years for most Yemenis to understand the projected new system.
Were the southerners within the NDC really representing the south?
Powerful southern factions on the ground were not on the dialogue table. The wise of Yemen need to rise to the occasion today and find ways to involve those who boycotted the NDC if the southern issue is to be resolved.
Looking at the results, participation and outlines of the NDC, we give the NDC a passing grade with 80 percent success.
We would like to salute those who helped the NDC become the road map for the future Yemen. The first step of a hundred is now complete.
Strides of success was made throughout Yemen’s NDC, but the real test awaits us all. Will the government deliver and turn ink on paper into reality?
That is when we will clap.
ABOUT Yemen Post Publisher & Chief Editor:
Hakim Almasmari is an American journalist and Middle East expert based in Sana'a, Yemen. His work has appeared for many of the worlds top media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Washington Post, AlJazeera, Fox News, The Guardian, The National, USA Today among numerous others. He has also worked with some of the world’s top organizations. Reporting out of Yemen for nearly eight years, he is the current editor in chief for the Yemen Post. He is a university lecturer in the field of international media and also studied business and law. Considered one of the top experts on Yemen, Almasmari has closely worked with international strategic centers and think tanks helping them better understand Yemen. He is a frequent guest on many international TV outlets discussing current local and international affairs. Almasmari's ancestors are from Yemen, and was born in Detroit, Michigan, USA. His mother tongue is English and is fluent in Arabic.