Saleh, Houthis Establish Division in Yemen
15 August 2016
By Tariq Alhomayed
On Saturday, Houthis and the ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh jointly
announced the formation of a supreme council of 10 members to govern Yemen in
rotation. Both parties will rotate the position of the president and the vice
But what does this new insurgents' step mean?
The sure thing is that both Houthis and Saleh chose to divide the country
between a Yemen that follows Iran and accepts the insurgents, and a Yemen that
refuses subordination to Iran and the insurgents.
This step means the destruction of Yemen as a whole and turning it into a
chaotic country, as well as a depleting the countries in the region primarily
Saudi Arabia, and not to forget the Arab Coalition that has been in the war in
Yemen for 16 months.
So, the persistent matter in question here is: what's the solution for Yemen?
Is withdrawal a solution which leaves Yemen an easy prey for Iranians, Houthis,
and Saleh and thus drains the Gulf countries making Yemen a grazing land for
Iranians, al-Qaeda, and ISIS? Or continue with the war as it is? Or set a new
strategy that can ensure lessening war losses based on a scheme that secures
I, personally, lean more towards that last point which is less damaging. The
solution is with two Yemens. A stable Yemen in the south that deserves support
and development, and a Yemen in the north with the situation as it is now;
left to face its fate by the Iranians, Houthis, and Saleh.
This can't be claimed as a call for division. Division already exits and Yemen
as a whole could tumble at any point by Houthis and Saleh, who thinks he can
deceives all people all the time.
So, it is more useful to take a step towards announcing the Yemeni southern
state to be an ally state, not a subordinate, a member of Gulf Cooperation
Council (GCC). In addition to setting a framework for all treaties in order to
rebuild Yemen, fight terrorism, protect it from all terrorist organizations
and enable it to stand in face of evils of Houthis and Saleh. A Yemen built on
the foundation of a modern state and not tribal community.
And thus leaving the northern Yemen to face its own fate. If they accept
guidance, they are welcomed and reconciliation is established. Else, let them
meet their known destiny.
This step, and I mean a northern Yemen and a southern Yemen, means that blood
won't be shed, less damage, and time will be spent on positive work rather
than dancing on the rhythms of ignorance, or Iranian and Houthi barbarism, or
the bandits' creed that Saleh follows.
Surely, no one is seeking division. But Yemen itself is divided by Houthis and
Saleh and with the leadership of Iran. It is divided by the power of the
weapons, elimination and overthrowing of the binding Security Council
The case here is unlike what is happening in Iraq where Kurds demanded a
referendum about the division, not through an armed coup.
Even in Syria, aside from all the murders and destruction, Syrian opposition
refuses division and Asad doesn't dare to suggest such a thing because it will
lead to his inevitable end.
Whereas in Yemen, Houthis and Saleh want to further establish division
everyday and with the support of Iran. And they finally announced a council to
govern Yemen alternately.
So, why the hesitation in regard of something that is already a fact?
Division is the logical solution for Yemen, and it would protect it from
Tariq Alhomayed is the former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat. Mr.
Alhomyed has been a guest analyst and commentator on numerous news and current
affair programs, and during his distinguished career has held numerous
positions at Asharq Al-Awsat, amongst other newspapers. Notably, he was the
first journalist to interview Osama Bin Ladin's mother. Mr. Alhomayed holds a
bachelor's degree in media studies from King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah.
He is based in London.