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Confusion prevails as President Saleh changes his stance for not leaving Yemen

Published: 06/01/2012 05:55:00 PM GMT
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After the President Saleh’s declaration through the government’s officials of not leaving the country suspicions are mounting in Yemen that the outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh is trying to wiggle out of a US backed deal used to bring his 33 year old autocratic rule to an end.

The leaders from both opposition and the officials close to president has been showing the possibilities of president for not giving off his powers, they have said on Thursday that we remain unconvinced for Saleh being serious at all for leaving power. Both have shown worry that Saleh might be planning to use the country’s continued unrest as his escape and seat on the ground by labeling the agenda on to the active Al-Qaeda would take over if he is thrown out of power.

A total of 10 months of protest against the rule of Saleh caused him to sign a deal powered by US and his powerful neighbors in gulf Saudi Arab, stating that he would pass the power to the vice president in exchange of immunity from prosecution for his alleged crimes of mass killing. This was done while he resided in the office and after six weeks he still held the powers. The Yemeni state media is still showing loyalty and declaring Saleh as their leader and have shown no contradictions for him not giving off his powers. “The president is taking time as he is not convinced on to the reasons why he has to leave his power, so he will resist with all his remaining force,” stated by ruling party figure in Saleh’s government.

Further adding flare to the situation Saleh also changed his tune this week on his plans of moving to US. While mediators were showing assurity that president would go to US for his treatment on wounds caused by a blast in June at his residence. The variable statements are not only confusing but are also adding an ambience of knowing what’s true and what’s not, as in late December, Saleh said he would go to help calm the prevailing chaos in Yemen and later on Saturday, he announced his refusal, that he would stay.

While US has also been slow on accepting or declining the Visa application put forward by Saleh. As protestors want him prosecuted for his mass killings and crackdowns officials in Washington have stated that this might cause loss of trust in locals which US does not want. Now on Wednesday, a leader in Saleh’s ruling General People’s Congress party said Saleh had decided to remain Yemen in response to concerns that his departure could result in a bad decision for Yemen and the ruling party.

The opposition has claimed that president has been playing with the government. “we have seen Saleh doing this over and over again he should be stopped and taken off powers immediately, US wants Yemen to be out under their control and that is why this whole mess of Al-Qaeda’s rule is being created,” said opposition leader Mohammed Sabri. While Yemeni officials believe that Saleh and US are using the scare tactics to undo the protests. While government and media keeps their target stated in front of US that Al-Qaida remains active in Yemen. Military officials said four soldiers and six militants were killed on Thursday near the southern city of Zinjibar.

Favors to the militants have also been put forward to manipulate the chaotic situation. According to the Gulf initiative, presidential elections are planned for February 21, 2012 and Saleh is forbidden from running the system. The parties to take part in the elections have also said that Saleh’s vice president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi would also be forbidden to run the campaign on his name. All of this has also been losing importance as Saleh’s son and nephew continues to take the militant violence to the next level by enforcing arms and equipment into the current chaos. At a meeting of ruling party officials this week, party leaders have accused the defense minister of cooperating with the opposition by not naming Saleh’s associate to high security posts. Opposition said that its Saleh whose using such tactics by putting the media in his favor not us.

Yemen expert Gregory Johnsen of Princeton University while commenting on the complex situation said that Saleh may have lost some power regardless of his rule for 3 decades he has managed to have stron allies all over Yemen. While the latest on president has openly declared that he intends to play a major role in future Yemeni politics, which his allies would facilitate. Along with many Johnson has also agreed to this fact having many possibilities.

People in revolt against the shift of stance held by president Saleh.