Where is the Struggle over the Leadership of GPC Heading?

EPC | 07 Apr 2014

The difference in experience and expertise to employ and exploit the available political resources plays an important role in the struggle between former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and incumbent President Abd Rabbu Mansur Hadi over the leadership of the General People’s Congress (GPC). Although Hadi has resources and tools that enable him to have an advantage, even relatively, over his predecessor; Hadi’s skills using these resources are not good enough. It is clear that the international and regional support is the most prominent political resource for Hadi, whether in the power formula at the national stage or at the part level. If we take into consideration the possibility of Saleh remaining immune against international sanctions, there is no doubt that the internal environment as well as the regional context, send Saleh encouraging messages to hold on to the GPC leadership. This is the ideal arrangement for the political future of Saleh’s family in the form he aspires for. Still, this does not mean that the leadership of the GPC is divided between those who support Saleh’s agenda and objectives, and those who support Hadi’s agenda and objectives only. However, there is a third current among the GPC’s leadership who hold independent perceptions, especially on how to end the struggle over the party’s leadership. Therefore, it is unlikely that the struggle between the two men, at the party level in particular, is in the form of a zero-sum game. This means that there still remains the possibility for reaching some sort of a settlement.

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