The former President of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, ran out of time on the 4th of December when he was assassinated following a clash between Houthis and his supporters, leaving behind a chain of unsolved quests. The entire Yemeni civilization is on the brink of extinction while the humanitarian crisis and war still don’t show any sign of ever coming to an end. This has largely erupted concerns not just in the surrounding Middle Eastern nations but worldwide.
The unforeseen death of Saleh has left a big question floating on the surface of Yemeni war – Will Yemen finally rise from its ashes or get worse?
Ali Abdullah Saleh was ready to abandon his Presidency only after an outrage among Yemenis caused them to protests against him during 2011-2012 following the Arab Spring. Even then he did what he did to gain something – full immunity. During his 33-years of tenure, Saleh had taken decisions that led to consequences for which he was being prosecuted but not after he diplomatically chose to step down from his position in exchange of his freedom.
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) had fully supported this ‘exchange’ deal. Until then, things were fine and going smooth, but despite the transfer of Saleh’s power to his Vice President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, Saleh had not quit his involvement. It was then that a war broke out between Saleh’s loyalists, Houthis (a rebel group) and Hadi supporters.
Hadi was forced to flee Yemen even though the decision to transfer Yemen’s Presidential powers to him was Saleh’s himself. Nevertheless, Saleh was reluctant because he couldn’t bear the fact that his three-decades of rule was slipping out of his hands even though the decision was his alone. Saleh wasn’t giving up and nor were the other sides, including Saudi Arabia, who was in support of the law and the lawfully elected current President of Yemen – Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi.
More than the defending parties, it was Saleh’s confused decisions that tore Yemen apart in bits and pieces. He switched sides, back and forth with the blurred idea of Houthis being powerful. But before he could realize that Yemen’s on the verge of extinction due to being hit by the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis, it was too late.
As a result, Saleh got assassinated for betraying Houthis and Yemen remains on the edge while there is no hint of the war ever coming to an end.
This leaves us with two scary questions;
Will Saleh’s death give Yemen another chance to recover from the damage and rise from the ashes?
Will Hadi continue to fight the Houthis and face the same fate as Saleh, leaving Yemen to the Houthis?