SABA - Yemen news agency

Print date: 18-10-2018
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Fuel crisis and political motivations

By: Hamdi Doubla and Saba staff

SANA'A, Sep. 15 (Saba)- The rising crisis between Houthis and the government over the government's decision on fuel subsidy cuts have entered dangerous levels.

With the division of the political parties between supporting and rejecting Houthis' demands of cancelling the decision of raising the prices and getting more supporters, Houthis have made more demands and are stick on getting them implemented.

Rising fuel prices constituted the best chance for Houthis to announce themselves the defenders or advocates for the poor and the needy people, who are affected badly by lifting fuel subsidies or what has been called since dozens of years in the history of Yemeni economic deterioration and supposed reforms "the economic doses."

According to the political analyst and writer Dr. Mohammad Jumaih, Houthis are taking the advantage of fuel crisis to gain political aims. He said that if Houthis, who made tens of thousands homeless in Sa'ada and Amran wars, have not the right to talk about the people sufferings and to adopt their demands.

Although the decision of lifting fuel subsidies has been unanimously taken by all active national forces as a pending necessity to avoid inevitable economic deterioration, most of those forces who welcomed the decision have seen in the latest developments in the arena a suitable chance to shirk their responsibilities and adopted a different position does not respond to the national interests and the future of the citizens.

The initiatives presented by a number of political parties on finding a way out of the current crisis included good contents with national dimensions except their different attitudes towards fuels subsidy cuts. The dangerous effects and aftermaths of the crisis could lead to security failure and push people into clashes.

As the political parties showed tangible keenness on the protection of the national front and enhancing social integration and taking away all possibilities of violence and armed clashes, they made mistakes regarding cancellation of the decision, according to economists.

Different political parties have introduced initiatives for solving the crisis. The General People Congress and its allies presented an initiative includes six points; forming a national government meets aspirations of all citizens to implement economic and administrative reforms, review the prices of fuel to be adjusted to the international prices and implementing of the National Dialogue Conference's ( NDC) outcome s within a timetable ensuring implementation of all democratic rights led by referendum on the constitution and holding the presidential and parliamentarian elections.

The initiative also calls for ending all appearances of tensions in Sana'a and the rest governorates, committing all partisan and government media outlets to appeasement and stopping incitements and finally adopting practical steps to ensure implementation of inclusive national reconciliations.

Meanwhile, the Yemeni Socialist Party's initiative has affirmed the continuation of the negotiations on key issues and stopping escalation campaigns. The initiative announced the party's rejection to use of force by any political or social force for achieving political demands. The initiative stressed on achieving power sharing in all the state's institutions, especially in government, Shoura Council and other political bodies entrusted with implementation of the NDC's outcomes and setting up preparations to complete the state building.

The Nasserite Party demanded in its initiative lifting armed appearances from the capital Sana'a and around it. The Popular Unionist Nasserite Party has presented an initiative included a number of items topped by calling the president for holding a quick conference for all NDC's components for consultations.

Analytics believe that Houthis will continue hindering any negotiations because they are receiving their instructions from abroad. Dr. Nabil al-Sharjabi, the professor of politics at Sana'a University affirmed that Houthis will not accept any agreement because they are receiving their instructions from Iran.