The deposed Yemeni President Saleh, is accused of being behind the chaos that wraps up Yemen since his departure. Although there is no material evidence, with the exception that all those who arouse chaos are from his relatives, supporters and former opponents, however all are convinced that Saleh's fingers are moving the serpents in Yemen.
The question is; why did Saleh stay in Yemen while he should have moved to another country, for appeasement and to give a chance to the transitional presidency to perform its duties. Ethiopia was the only country that agreed to receive him. It is a friendly country who stood with Yemen against Eritrea when it occupied Hunnish archipelago, and the problems that followed with the dictator of Eritrea. The president after his departure and his tourist trip, returned to his palace in Sana'a, refusing to leave it, creating subterfuges for his stay, such as the stipulation of the departure of some opposition figures too.
The most important question is; why were the armed forces leaderships, on foremost of them his sons and relatives allowed to continue in their posts? The army and security forces rearrangement was expected, and the president has chosen for it a decent method that doesn't offend Saleh, his sons and relatives which he called army restructure. Saleh wanted to spoil the process by introducing new conditions, where he demanded the dismissal of leaderships which he describes as opposition in return for the departure of his relatives.
The most difficult question is; what is Saleh's role in the tribulations that are hitting Yemen, in terms of the emergence of the southern separatists, the return of the Houthis to confrontation and the ability of al-Qaeda to occupy whole cities, a matter that hadn't happened in any Arab country, during the war with al-Qaeda. There are weak scenarios that he is behind all this, which is internationally dangerous even to Saleh himself and his cliques. However many think that the outgoing president is the only who is capable of getting these snakes out of their hidings.
He may not have a hand in the events of southern Yemen, but it is sure that he has a subversive role in Sana'a which is preparing for serious scenarios because of the rebellion and the taking over of the airport. By so doing he is putting himself in a confrontation beyond the Yemeni boarders and will be hunted like the other armed groups. Saleh has to remember that he is the most lucky from among the presidents whose people had revolted against them. He and his sons are charged with the same accusations of Gadafi, Mubarak and Bin Ali, and in spite of that he, and his men are living freely, respected and enjoying his cash and immovable properties in Yemen and Switzerland banks, regardless of his interventions and comments in the name of his party. He may lose all these and may not obtain another rest trip to USA.
His desire of ruining the current situation and the embarrassment of his Deputy, whom he had proposed for succeeding him will make him lose all his friends. He may succeed in creating obstacles, as he used to do in the past, but now he has no constitutional legality. And the concerned countries are no longer bound to deal with him according to the international curtsies of a head of a state. He is now an ordinary man, and if he taint his burnt hands with new battles, all may resort to opening the past files of his regime, drop the immunity and he may become internationally wanted and not only in Yemen.
What are his best alternatives. He had been given a chance to build himself as a political figure outside governance, by being a sponsor and defender of the political transition. This requires that he should be an opponent to no one. He had ruled Yemen for a time that is longer than any Immam or king since the period of Queen Bilqis. It is time for him to leave the arena for others and not for his sons and relatives.