The road ahead is still long... The American ambassador on the task of directing the Congress party from the recovery room

The road ahead is still long... The American ambassador on the task of directing the Congress party from the recovery room

In the recent visit of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to Cairo, one of the main objectives of the visit appeared to be for the General People's Congress, which has been in a state of disintegration and division since his leaders ' positions were separated and his former President Ali Abdallah Saleh was killed by al-Houthi in the early months December last year.

This local effort by President Hadi rhymes with an international and regional desire to bring the Congress party, which has been governor for over 30 years, out of the recovery room and back to the forefront of the scene in the hope that it will contribute to peace and stability.

The Popular Congress Party  began to enter into a state of division and fragmentation since the al-Houthi rebels overturned on state institutions in Sana'a, where it then split into two former supporters of the coup and entered into a declared alliance with the al-Houthi group and participated in the government of the putschists in Sana'a (not recognized) and the wing then claims Former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is the founder and president of the party since its founding in 1982, and the second part announced a stance rejecting the coup and sided with President Abadu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who was elected at the last General Conference of the party as Vice-President, and this current includes Ahmed Obaid bin Dagher, Prime minister and leader of the party A large part of the leadership of the party, especially those from the southern governorates.

While the features of the third section remained unclear, he remained in the middle between the coup d'état and the legality, and he remained trying to communicate with the two parties, led by the party's deputy secretary and president of his parliamentary bloc.

At the last meeting called by President Hadi and held in Cairo, representatives of these three currents attended the first gathering of contradictions within the Conference, with the exception of Saleh's family, who refrained from attending and counted on them, trying to widen the block of rejectionists to attend the meeting on the basis that they had not They have yet to acknowledge the legitimacy of President Hadi despite the end of their alliance with the al-Houthi group.

Nevertheless, a large bloc of leaders and cadres of the Congress party in Sana'a continues to be the front of the al-Houthi conference coalition, which has practically ended and who remain the leaders outside the country are forced to coexist with the al-Houthi group because they often have no choice but to express their rejection of the status quo.

At a recent press conference in Cairo, the US ambassador unveiled efforts to reach out to the Congress party and to make a case of consensus within the party's leadership lineup, saying that he was in contact with the conference leadership from the time before the killing of the party's President Saleh and that he had been able to communicate with the party leadership in Sana'a and abroad.

The US ambassador praised the Congress as "carrying a national agenda and good relations with Yemen's neighbors, saying that Saleh's death reinforced the party's divisive situation, and noted that with regard to the leadership of the party, we have no right to decide on his leadership, but we have a vision to help this party get out of the crisis Leadership».

"The conference still suffers from internal divisions and many of these divisions are the result of the party's relationship with President Hadi and the legitimate government," Toller said.

"The members of the Conference still have a long way to come before an agreement is reached," he said.

He noted that party leaders were concerned that they would not be invited to a representative independent of other entities in these consultations but that this was not possible because it would allow the rest of the forces to claim independent representation.

Matthew Toller stressed that the international community recognized Hadi's legitimacy as a representative of Yemeni legitimacy, despite the al-Houthi's claim that they were the real force on the ground and described the others as mercenaries.

"The problem for the Congress party is that they feel pressured to choose between al-Houthi or Hadi and they are convinced that they do not have to be confined between these two options," Toller added.

Toller pointed out that Saleh had taken the decision of the coalition with al-Houthi for his own benefit against the party and homeland, and when he tried to correct this mistake he paid his life for it and the party was still weak to date because of a wrong decision taken at a sensitive juncture.

Not only the US ambassador alone is making efforts to restore the Congress party, but it corresponds to a regional desire for the party to unite and be one of the levers to confront the al-Houthi, where the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which leads a military coalition in support of legitimacy in Yemen, quickly contained the leadership and cadres of the Conference The wing of Saleh who left Sanaa following the killing of the party's president in December last year. While the UAE is embracing the son of President Saleh who was punished with UN sanctions, it has supported the establishment of an armed brigader Tariq Saleh despite refusing to recognize President Hadi's legitimacy.

As President Hadi sought to preside over the party, the task seemed difficult and contradicted other convictions in the party's first leading class, where Hadi's survival at the helm of the party would not help rid the party of its divisive and disintegrating state. It also clashes with the family nature of a party whose members did not consider it an invalid man who was called the "founding leader" at the position of the first man within the party.

This was evident from the movements of Brigadier Ammar Mohammed Abdallah Saleh, the son of the former president's brother, who also served as the deputy of the National Security Service (NSA) and his contacts with a number of party leaders in an attempt to persuade them not to attend the meeting called by President Hadi in Cairo and to attack a number of leaders The party close to a good family for the Cairo meeting and for President Hadi.


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