Last Saturday was not an ordinary days which Yemenis oten experience. It was an extraordinary day by all means. The Era of President Ali Abdullah Saleh has come to an end theoretically and legally after the house of representative had adopted immunity law from prosecution for President Saleh and his aides and recommending Vice President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi as consensual candidate for early presidential election on February 21.
The importance of last January 21 equals February 23, 2011 on which the GCC plan and its operational mechanism was signed in the capital Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, if it doesn't not surpass it because what happened in the parliament last Saturday was a practical step in implementing the agreed text.
So we can say the pleasure of the majority of Yemenis with adopting the immunity law and recommending Hadi as presidential candidate exceeded their pleasure when the initiative was signed, because they consider adopting the immunity has completely ended the shadow of war. Moreover , recommending Vice President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi as consensual candidate has achieved the most important goal of the peaceful popular revolution. The goal is to put an end to the reign of President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his assistants and the peaceful transition of power through ballot boxes, therefore the Yemenis dream lies at a distance of a month for achieving it in reality.
As long as the outgoing President Saleh departed for the United States for treatment and probably for a long period, Yemen will be heading for stability which it had lost for a long time. Despite the fact that Salehs' family remnants, who head army and security forces, would do their best with what they possess of money and influence to finance operations that may threaten security and stability in a desperate attempt to prove the theory announced by Saleh on last May 21, that his departure from power would mean the fragmentation of Yemen and the growing role of al-Qaeda, Shiite and separatist movements. However, it is more likely that all these attempts would go in vain and will not achieve their primary goal, because this family basically lack sufficient support in the Yemeni street.
The absence of President Saleh from the political scene and the end of his era, is quite enough to finish the rest of its influence. Observers feel their complete failure in assembling few thousands of people in Friday Prayer their need to transport these few numbers from the bigger Sabeen Square to Tahrir Square which is of less area in an attempt to save what is left of its minor existence and impact on the Yemeni street, which dreams of a day when no one of its members are found in any leading position, in order to feel the freedom, security and confidence of the future.
Vice President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi will find himself more able to impose his power and to have strict control on political, military and security decisions, during the remaining four weeks for holding the early presidential elections. Now, nothing prevents him from taking serious actions that put an end to manipulation of stability and security in Yemen. Hadi realizes that illegitimacy has been fully transferred to him. It is enough for him that he is the one who issued immunity law of his predecessor Ali Abdullah Saleh and the election of February 21 would only be a completion of formalities to entirely run the country. What is meant here is that the man has to be tough and hard in maintaining the security of Yemen and has to reveal everything to the Yemenis.
Even if Hadi wanted to be faithful to his predecessor, faithfulness is not to keep Saleh's relatives in their leading military and security positions , even if some of them practice acts from from which the immunity law cannot protect them from now on. Faithfulness is to prevent Saleh and his relatives from recklessness in order to maintain their historical position as a person who ruled Yemen for a third of a century, unified it and maintained achievements that include multiple party system and the democracy which produced a generation who absorbed freedom and ousted him peacefully. This generation which ousted him after despair because of the growing of family project in Yemen and the vanishing of the project of the state of institutions and law as well as the intensification of chaos with the passage of time.
Tears of the, esteemed patriot Yemeni Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Basendwah in the House of Representatives last Saturday, did not come out of the blues, because the man was aware of the consequences of bargains to vote on the law of immunity and his realization that Yemen is no longer able to undergo more tragedies.
These tears made most of the Yemenis cry and let them know the reality of this man who came from the womb of their suffering, their national issues and their dreams. Simultaneously, it provoked mockery of a number of political leaders who their sun is about to set and who did not shed tears throughout the past three decades for Yemenis' suffering, patience and harsh conditions which they experienced. As Basendowa drove his personal and humble car, the military and security leaders are driving their luxurious, armored and brand new cars in great convoys, guarded by anti-terrorism forces which Americans trained to confront al-Qaeda. These forces until today have not entered into confrontation with the militants of this organization.
A regime run by men such as Hadi and Basendowa supported by national parties, which have struggled to take Yemen out of his ordeal, is capable of acquiring respect and support of Yemeni people. It would acquire unprecedented international and regional support, on condition that they should depend on transparency in revealing everything to the Yemeni people. No party now can evade from any crimes or violations after the declaration of this law. Reality should be revealed to people without hesitation or fear. If the two persons did not adopt transparency and openness as style of rule, they would fail along with the Yemeni people, because this is the only way to put an end to corrupt people and despots.