After receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Staurday, Yemeni female revolutionary Tawakkol Karman said in an interview that the international community had disappointed Yemeni people against US-backed dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh. She claimed that if is allowed to contest the February presidential election – she would have won it but she is not allowed to run.
“If I will (be a) candidate, I will win,” she added, noting that she can’t contest because the vice president has been declared the only eligible candidate.
On Saturday, a National Unity government was sworn-in as result of power transfer deal brokered by the pro-US Gulf Cooperation Council in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on November 23, 2011. According to the deal, the US-backed Yemeni dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh agreed to relinquish power after nearly 33 years of iron-fist rule.
The new 34-member cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Mohammed Basindawa, will carry out its duties until February elections, after which Hadi will take over the presidency for an interim two-year. Half of the 34 members belong to the fomer government of dictator Saleh including Lt. Gen. Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi. The foreign and defense ministries remains in the hands of Saleh’s stooges.
The new set-up shows that Yemen will remain under the control of US-Israel for the next two years.
Saleh, who has been supported by the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia against Yemen’s pro-Iran Shia majority. Israel-Firster Senator Joe Lieberman and others including neocon think tanks are floating senario of the vacuum created by Saleh’s exist could be filled by the phony Al-Qaeda.
Yemen’s strategic location is very important for both Israel and US. The leaders of the World Zionist Congress had recognized the importance of Red Sea which leads to Suez Cannal, Mediterranean and Dead Sea. It is the only route which links their land-locked Eretz-Israel dream to the outside world. “The area of Jewish State stretches from the Brook of Egypt to the Euphrate,” wrote Theodor Herzl in his Diaries.