Active Political Parties in Yemen: Chances and Challenges for Survival during and after the Transitional Process

EPC | 04 May 2013

Political pluralism started twenty-three years ago in Yemen. This experience had special features and rules, which opened many opportunities for some parties. At the same time, other parties faced many hardships. Since 2009, the political life came to a halt when opposition parties tried to press to change all or some of the rules of the political game. But those parties’ dialogue with the authority did not yield any results. Then came the events of 2011, which led to a dramatic change in the Yemeni political scene. The results of these events imposed changes and additions on the rules of the game. Accordingly, the Yemeni parties find itself at a crossroads and at the verge of drastic changes. There were three intertwined essential determinants, which the partisan life in Yemen hinged on and the power, status and presence of any party depended on; hence, its impact on the political life in the country in general. The first determinant is the position of the party inside or outside power. The second is the party’s ability to have enough financial resources that allows it to perform and reach the masses wherever they are. The third determinant was the policies of the ruling power and its way of running the state’s affairs and resources.

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