Retrato del presidente yemení

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Una fuente muy cercana al presidente de Yemen cuenta a diplomáticos de la Embajada en Sanaá que cuando le dice que el país tiene problemas graves, Saleh se enfada, le grita y le pide que se vaya

ID:222936
Date:2009-08-31 08:20:00
Origin:09SANAA1611
Source:Embassy Sanaa
Classification:SECRET
Dunno:09SANAA1486
Destination:VZCZCXYZ0000
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHYN #1611/01 2430820
ZNY SSSSS ZZH
R 310820Z AUG 09
FM AMEMBASSY SANAA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 2689
INFO RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC
RUEKDIA/DIA WASHINGTON DC

S E C R E T SANAA 001611

SIPDIS

FOR NEA/ARP AMACDONALD AND INR SMOFFATT

E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/30/2019
TAGS: PGOV, PINR, YM
SUBJECT: ANOTHER ROYG INSIDER SPEAKS OUT: "HE WON'T LISTEN
TO ANYONE"

REF: SANAA 1486

Classified By: Ambassador Stephen Seche for reasons 1.4(b) and (d).

1. (S) SUMMARY. XXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXX ruling General People's Congress Member of
Parliament XXXXXXXXXXXX has joined other prominent
former insiders ) XXXXXXXXXXXX ) in blaming President Ali
Abdullah Saleh for Yemen's myriad problems, and expressing
doubt that the current regime will ever change its
wrong-headed policies. XXXXXXXXXXXX claimed that strengthening
Parliament to serve as a check on the power of the executive
was the last remaining hope to salvage Saleh's government.
Along with the ongoing war in Sa'ada, the growing threat from
al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and Yemen's failing
economy, the very public loss of influential allies
XXXXXXXXXXXX will open President Saleh up to further challenges to
his rule. END SUMMARY.

2. (S) Ruling General People's Congress (GPC) MP, XXXXXXXXXXXX in openly
criticizing the President and holding him directly
responsible for the country's woes in press interviews.
XXXXXXXXXXXX, the Yemeni Socialist Party's al-Ishtiraki web site
carried public statements XXXXXXXXXXXX accusing the President of
interfering with Parliamentary affairs and blaming him for
the war in Sa'ada and the ongoing restiveness in southern
Yemen. XXXXXXXXXXXX is among a very small number of
well-connected members of the political elite in Yemen who
enjoy the influence and position to speak more openly than
the rest of the population about President Saleh and his
family members.

CIRQUE DE SALEH
---------------

3. (S) In an August 23 meeting with PolOff, XXXXXXXXXXXX echoed the
concerns of many of Saleh's former confidants and advisors
when he described how the President has, over the last 15
years, increasingly shut them out and begun relying solely on
himself or his closest family members in his decision-making.
"Since 1994, he decided that he was the only man capable of
making decisions in this country," XXXXXXXXXXXX said. XXXXXXXXXXXX "I have tried to
tell him that Yemen has serious problems, but he gets angry
and shuts me out. He and I fight often about his sons. He
doesn't listen to anyone." XXXXXXXXXXXX .

NO HOPE FOR CHANGE
------------------

4. (S) According to XXXXXXXXXXXX the President will never leave
office as long as he has a firm grasp on the military and
security services, which are stacked with men from Sanhan.
Although the President is bothered by the fact that he has
lost popularity among the general population in recent years,
it does not really threaten his grip on power, XXXXXXXXXXXX said.
As to the succession question, XXXXXXXXXXXX was unable to name a
likely or "acceptable" replacement for Saleh. On Hamid
al-Ahmar, he said, "The President has conducted a campaign
against him for 10 years, and at this point, most people
think he's worse than the President." XXXXXXXXXXXX acknowledged,
however, that Ahmar possesses the two things a Yemeni
president must have to be successful ) money, first, and
then political power. XXXXXXXXXXXX dismissed members of the
Taiz-based Hayel Saeed family, despite their extensive wealth
and connections, because "they have no political skills."

5. (S) XXXXXXXXXXXX hopes to use the Solidarity Council, a political
action group XXXXXXXXXXXX
as a tool for compelling the regime to implement badly needed
reforms. XXXXXXXXXXXX
The Council will conduct "massive citizen education
campaigns" to inform Yemenis about their rights in a

democratic system, with the goal of mobilizing the populace
to agitate for change through public demonstrations. XXXXXXXXXXXX

THE PROBLEM WITH PARLIAMENT
---------------------------

6. (S) "The crux of the problem in Yemen is that the
Parliament, judicial system and all of the ministries report
directly to the President," XXXXXXXXXXXX told PolOff. He argued
that Parliament is totally subjugated by the regime, with its
speaker Yahya al-Raie taking orders directly from President
Ali Abdullah Saleh regarding the topic and tone of
Parliamentary sessions, sometimes only minutes before a
session is about to start. One-third of MPs are uneducated
and unaware of their duties as Parliamentarians and one-third
of MPs are co-opted by the regime and afraid to challenge the
President lest they lose their privileges, according to
XXXXXXXXXXXX. The fewer than 100 remaining MPs are comprised of
weak opposition party members and a group of reform-minded
GPC members. He said that strengthening Parliament as a
check on the power of the executive was "the only hope to
save this regime." After Ramadan, XXXXXXXXXXXX said, he and other
reformers in Parliament would push to replace the current
leadership ) Raie and his three deputies ) and replace them
with independent MPs willing to challenge the President.
(Note: Ramadan will end in late September. End Note.)

XXXXXXXXXXXX
-----------------

7. (S) XXXXXXXXXXXX

COMMENT
-------

8. (S) XXXXXXXXXXXX is the latest of several high-profile political
insiders to speak out openly against the President, a
red-line topic in Yemen less than one year ago. XXXXXXXXXXXX Whether XXXXXXXXXXXX
influential insiders ) XXXXXXXXXXXX) are truly concerned
about the fate of Yemen, or, smelling blood in the water, are
positioning themselves for a post-Saleh era, their open
criticism and "Saleh must go" attitude are a considerable
departure from the political norm. The public loss of former
friends and allies, coupled with Saleh's failures in
resolving conflict in Sa'ada, defeating al-Qaeda in the
Arabian Peninsula and turning around Yemen's struggling
economy, are likely to encourage a pile-on effect that will
open him up to further challenges to his rule. END COMMENT.

SECHE
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