In his second speech since his election as president seventy days ago, President Hadi was explicit and frank to a sensible extent that he could get his message through to the relevant sides in the different civil and military state's institutions. Because his speeches are scarce, the Yemenis awaited them with more interest, to listen to their new President over many of the developments that happened during the previous seventy days.
In the past, there would be no week without at least one speech from the former President Saleh, repeating the same meanings without implementing any of them, till most of his speeches became meaningless. He tried to disclose important issues, without implementing them later on, because they contradict the interests of those who are closer to him, and so they become part of the archive of his speeches.
In 1999 on submitting his nomination to the Parliament, in the first direct parliamentary elections, he said that he will crack down on the chaos in public life, however what happened later is the increase in anarchy. In many later speeches he used to speak of the importance of corruption fighting, but on the contrary corruption spread .
In other speeches, he tried to convince us that he had built the armed forces on national basis. It appeared later on that these basis were mere regional ones, especially in the major force which he used to give them special attention, like the Republican Guards. It is a matter that is revealed now in a shameful way, where he refuses to appoint a new leader to the Third Brigade because he is from a directorate that is different from his own.
In an important speech that he had given at Aden University following Gulf 20, he gave an account of the modern Yemeni history, trying to introduce a balanced deal , but what happened later on, is that the head of his parliamentary bloc announced resetting the presidential meter through scheduled constitutional amendments, leading to a popular revolution against his president.
After the breakout of the popular peaceful youth revolution, Saleh gave an important speech at al-Thora stadium on March 10, 2011, where he introduced constitutional amendments and announced holding early parliamentary elections before the end of the same year. Instead of going ahead with the serious implementation of these amendments, a careful preparation for a massacre had been planned against civilians, only eight days after his speech in what had been known as the honor Friday, which had finally taken away legitimacy from his governance and became a cause for his overthrow from power.
We don't want the new President's speeches to meet the same fate . Between his last speech on May 5, and his second one which he is certainly to give on the 22nd anniversary of May 22, the President should fulfill some of the promises that came in his last Saturday's speech, and what will be achieved during the next two weeks, in terms of what may enable him personally to have a major role in implementing it, such as the direct observation of bridging the gap between the two parties who are signatory to the GCC initiative and the direct observation of the implementation of the remarks that he set in his speech over the official media performance. He should also cover a new area in ending the split in the army, and to reshape its leadership on national basis. He should also reshape the security forces on national basis, away from nepotism to the relatives and brothers in law, where its main responsibility, "the security authority", is to protect the power and the community as it came in his last speech, that conveyed a clear message to his predecessor, and dismantled his previous permanent theories through which he used to say that the army's duty is to protect the constitutional legality, whereas Hadi ensured in his speech that the army's responsibility is to protect sovereignty, the matter which is known the world over.
This means that President Hadi will go ahead in rebuilding the armed forces on the basis that are consistent with this function. This will certainly lead to take the army camps out of
the cities. It is a mission that will take a long time, however it became a popular demand, after the people have felt during the revolution the disastrous presence of the army inside the cities, where cities like Sana' remained in a state of siege from Saleh's forces up to now. This reminded them of the siege which they had suffered for seventy days at the end of 1967 and the beginning of 1968 from the royal forces during the civil war.
The new President spoke in his recent speech about the re-establishment of the state's prestige as an immediate priority. It is the priority that its implementation will be the real key to gates of good, security, stability and the successes hoped within the upcoming days.
The absence of the state's prestige was the serious disease that hit Yemen in the last fifteen years, leading to the overthrow of the former regime, because the regimes that neglect their state's prestige and the rule of law and order, preferring running things through chaos and corruption will be hitting the last nail in their coffins with their own hands. They find themselves surrounded with shame. There come certain moments where it find itself in difficult situations of choosing between harder options.
Now despite handing over power, Saleh is still like a drowning person trying to hold to a straw. He tries to disrupt the handover of the air forces, and at other times to disrupt handing over the third brigade. Tomorrow he will try to disrupt handing the central security, and so on.
This happened because he had established all these military and security forces for his own protection but he discovered at last that there is no single option among all his difficult ones that can guarantee his continuation in power or handing it over to any of his relatives. All these options become useless when one finds himself internally and externally refused. What will he then do with power in such cases despite his huge military and security forces.
That is why President Hadi should set a clear road map to restore the state, law and order's prestige, or his speech will go into the archive, making his future speeches useless, unless he had procedures after each speech that change it into plans and programs capable of being implemented.