On the occasion of the 29th anniversary of the establishment of the Yemeni Congregation of reform (the Islah party), President of the party Mohammed al-Yadomi delivered an important address in which he congratulated the Yemeni people, members of Islah, Yemen’s president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi on this occasion. In his address, Al-Yadomi spoke about most Yemen’s issues, presented a series of solution proposals. The script of the address is as follows.
Our great Yemeni people at home and abroad, Islah members and supporters: Peace be upon you.
As we celebrate the 29th anniversary of Islah party’s establishment, the 57th anniversary of the 26 September Revolution is approaching, I would like to congratulate Islah’s members, friends, our political partners and everyone of the Yemeni people and our country’s President Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi.
This anniversary witnessed the birth of a Yemeni national political party that is committed to the constitution, effective laws, the republican system and political pluralism and democracy.
The party believes that free and fair election is the sole mean to power transfer. The party considers itself as an ideological and normal extension of political currents that encountered dictatorship, fanatism and discrimination of the imamates’ regime throughout history.
This struggle reached its peak when the 26 September Revolution won in 1962 against the most backward, oppressive, tyrannical and racist regime.
The free military officers, then in the north of the country ignited the 26 September Revolution in all squares. The youth of the reform movement then contributed with all other national republican currents at building the new republican Yemen. Issuance and approval of the first constitutional document in 1970 was the first political base for the republican state foundation. This was followed by the first Shoura Council elections in 1971 and new Shoura Council elections in 1988. The Shoura Council represented then the legislative authority.
Islah contributed more at enriching the political life following its official foundation that followed declaration of Yemen’s blessing unity and establishment of the Republic of Yemen on 22nd May 1990.
The Republic of Yemen sought to build a national opposition and effective participation in democracy through great engagement in all parliamentary elections in 1993, 1997, 2003, presidential elections in 1999 and 2006 as well as local councils’ elections in 2001, 2006 and political referendums in 1991 and 2001.
Islah had and still has a solid unshakable faith in the necessity of building the state institutions to have an effective state for every Yemeni citizen that should be a safe umbrella for everyone seeking reform, combating and eradicating corruption through constitutional and legal procedures as well as peaceful instruments and civilized methods.
Islah’s faith in peaceful power transfer is unshakable regardless of any circumstance. The party took part in the tripartite, then bilateral coalition government that followed the 1993’s parliamentary elections.
When the General Peoples’ Congress (GPC) won majority of the Parliament’s seats in the 1997’s parliamentary elections that enabled it to form the cabinet alone, Islah decided to move to opposition side. It then participated effectively at establishment of the Joint Meeting Parties that is considered the prominent national coalition in the modern history of Yemen’s political work. Islah co-established the JMP despite offers then to remain in a ruling coalition with the GPC.
Our great people:
When the youth of Yemen took down to squares demanding peaceful change in the 2011-February Revolution, Islah with other pro-revolution forces had exerted great efforts to have an agreement for consensus political solutions in an attempt to avoid escalation and confrontations.
The opposition led by the JMP dealt vigilantly and assured brothers in the gulf countries particularly Saudi Arabia that the youth peaceful revolution had reforming demands to repair the problems that were threatening everyone. We received a positive understanding from our brothers [Saudi Arabia]. This awareness resulted into the GCC initiative which was agreed by the political forces and Islah party was in the front because of its faith in the importance of political and peaceful constitutional solution to preserve the state structure and its institutions.
Importance of such vigilance can be felt when we see now destruction of the state institutions in Sana’a and Aden following the Houthis’ coup in 2014 and the 2019 rebellion coup when the state disappeared, and minor-narrowed interests appeared.
Thanks to Allah, then to the political leaders who supported continuation of the state institutions and public services throughout 2011 until signing the GCC initiative and its implementation mechanism on 23 November 2011 in Al-Riyadh of Saudi Arabia which was sponsored by the late King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, may Allah rest him in peace.
A national coalition government was formed, and a presidential election was held in line to the GCC initiative. The power was transferred in super civilized way.
Islah had only four seats in the cabinet to allow representation of all pro-change political forces that were allocated 17 seats that represent half of the cabinet seats.
Yet, we were surprised that some [forces] devoted themselves to falsify facts with the purpose of making political gains using the pretext that Islah predominately dominated the government. This was intended to eliminate Islah. This is the same plot that is taking place again despite the fact that Islah has only five seats out of the current government’s 38 seats. The five ministers of Islah party were all selected and designated to certain ministries by the president in reward to their qualification and competence.
We, at the Islah party, are aware that magnifying Islah’s share of the government is nothing, but clear signs of intentions to not only eliminate the party, but to devote conflict causes in Yemen and hinder success of any political solution.
Islah rejects such allegations and affirms that the new rebellion [in Aden] has distracted Yemenis from the main battle against the Houthi’s coup. The rebels [in Aden] must be aware that their acts stabbed the legitimate government in the back and that such thing benefits only the Houthis in Sana’a.
The old and new rebels (the Houthis in Sana’a and the UAE-supported separatists in Aden) their supporters are merely powers that targeted the national project, harmed the Yemeni state and its institutions and consequently damaged citizens’ rights and their fundamental needs. They embodied mutiny, destruction and destabilization.
Dear countrymen and women:
We have never alleged that our partly is free of errors. Our assessments have not always come true during the past 30 years of Islah’s age. This is normal because they are human-based assessments, and the political work is based on right and wrong assessments.
Islah recalls positive points and deals with other partners upon such constructive themes. We work hard to find what is the right, seek its implementation, then we reassess it again to reform it according to available assessment and reform instruments.
We always prioritize public interests over interest of our party even in times where we had limited number of options due to pressures we are exposed to. Our vision is that the supreme interest of the country is our own direct advantage even if it was planned for a long -term.
We faced several hardships to instill principles of democracy and values of the institutionalized state.
Based on this, we had a firm position against the Houthis’ armed rebellion. We fought against it despite the big plot that brought the Houthis to the capital Sana’a. We all remember when it was said then that the Houthis came only to eliminate Islah. Unfortunately, some parties were fooled by such deception and engaged in the plot.
However, it became obvious that the aim was to eliminate the republican system, the legitimate government, Yemen’s unity and the public peace.
More than any other party, Islah paid a heavy cost for its position. Members and leaders of Islah were killed, injured and maimed and forcibly disappeared. Yet, the party took no ambiguous stance. It sided completely with the people of Yemen, its legitimate authority and the decisive storm and hope restoration led by Saudi Arabia to retrieve the Yemeni state which was initiated by King Salman Bin Abdualaziz and his deputy crown, Mohamed Bin Salman.
Our stance remains steadfast and has not changed. Because we feel it is our duty and a national responsibility towards our people.
Leadership of the two countries [Saudi Arabia and Yemen] know well firmness of our position. We remained steadfast and resistant against distortion campaigns that fabricated that Islah has a new relation with other governments and organizations. They even accused Islah of coordinating with the Houthis militants. The fact is that Islah opened its heart to everyone and made concessions to reach common agreements to mobilize efforts towards the state retrieval and defend the country against the Iran’s expansion and its ambitions in the region.
We say to such bodies and their supporters that Islah is a national party and deeply rooted by bonds of trust with the Yemeni people.
Islah will not shake its supportive position to the President Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi and our brothers the Saudi-led coalition. Islah will remain present from Sa’ada to Aden and from Al-Mahra to Hodeida exercising its role within lines of the public and the resistance forces in support for the national army until Yemen is recovered from implications of the Iran’s intervention and separation proposals.
The party ignores all kinds of falsification and rumors , and focuses on the main objective towards the state retrieval.
Based on the above-mentioned, Islah, on the 29th anniversary of its establishment, would like to highlight the following issues:
First, Islah reaffirms the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) that stipulates formation of a federal state to ensure fair distribution of wealth and power among all the people of Yemen. This proposed state is to ensure rights protection, public interest, provide security and maintain liberties. It also enforces the rule of law and protects political pluralism. It regulates and controls resources. The existence of multiple militias and disagreement among political forces a challenge to implementation of the NDC outcome on the state formation. Weak state institutions and irregular work at these institution and lack of leadership are also another challenge to the federal state.
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