Voting for a choice
We participated because we wanted to be able to choose for real sometime in the near future.
In a way, Yemen’s turnout was a form of conditional support for Hadi and the new system, sort of telling them that we will give you a chance – just make sure you don’t ruin it.
The real work starts now. On all levels. And Hadi and his new government must start showing signs and conveying information to the people on his vision, Gulf Initiative or not, to make Yemen a better place.
The problem is that the way the new government is acting so far is so slow and unconvincing. For example, there are so many pending processes that were supposed to start last year in order to win the trust of the people, the first of which is the out-reach or communication committees.
According to the initiative, the new government – even prior to the presidential elections – should establish a ministerial committee to conduct dialogues with the youth protesters in the squares, civil society groups, and other non-governmental organizations to engage them in shaping the future of political life in the country.
This process is supposed to pave the way for national dialogue, which is the next step after the elections. It is meant to create a foundation whereby the grievances and issues of the various groups in the south or north, or anywhere else, to find out what they need and how to reach a common ground in the national reconciliation to come.
Yes I voted for Hadi. I believe he is the best option for Yemen now. But he needs to remember that he is responsible to the people and should include them in a comprehensive process of letting us know what is going on and consulting with us as to the best course of action in points of dispute.
We are tired of being lead like sheep in a one man show. This is time for change. Real change. And a change that will enable Yemenis to have a real choice in their future.