The Changing Political Alliances and its Expected Impact

EPC | 21 Oct 2013

As the National Dialogue in Yemen approaches its end, the country is currently witnessing the formation of new alliances, while other alliances are changing in a rapid and dramatic way to gain new positions in the coming period. Through his visit to the Aden governorate, President Hadi tried to look for new alliances to tame the South and extinguish the flame of its revolution after the collapse of his alliance with the head of The National Congress for the people of the south - Mohammed Ali Ahmed, who seems to favor aligning himself with the demands of the people of the south; such as the right to self-determination and the return of the previous state. In light of the nature and the timing of Hadi’s visit, which coincides with the end of the National Dialogue, it seems that the president is trying to convince southerners to accept the outcomes of the Dialogue, which were against their expectations and upheld the unity of Yemen. Those outcomes were rejected by several factions in the Southern Movement, which lead this revolution. Therefore, President Hadi formed a new leadership for the Southern Movement in the National Dialogue, which led Ahmad to realign himself with figures of the Southern opposition abroad, especially former president of South Yemen Ali Naser Mohammad and Haider al-Attas, the first prime minister after the 1990 unification of the country, in an attempt to regain balances and in response to the new southern alliance without president Hadi.

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