Middle Eastern press praises Yemen's single-candidate election
- 21 February 2012
- From the section Middle East
Yemeni voters have gone to the polls to elect a new president to replace Ali Abdullah Saleh. The only candidate in the election, which comes after a year of anti-government protests, is Vice-President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.
Press in the Middle East and Gulf region have praised the poll, remarking that most of Yemen's interest groups have rallied behind Mr Hadi as a consensus candidate who might unite the divided nation.
Newspapers in Iran, however, criticised the election, seeing the hand of America and the West involved in the process, and speculating that a deal is in place to protect former President Saleh.
Editorial on privately-owned English-language Yemen Fox website
Yemenis are today bound to make their future, end the past and open a new page under the leadership of Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, who is going to be the consensus President of Yemen... to transform monocracy and family rule to real republic thanks to the blessed revolution. It is worth mentioning that many political forces, social figures, revolution youth, and political parties have announced their full support to the consensus candidate, in order to take Yemen out of political paralysis, and out of the dark tunnel to which Saleh dragged the country.
Editorial in Saudi Arabia's Al-Jazirah newspaper
Although the election result is known beforehand, the Yemeni main political forces' consensus on supporting this candidate helps a lot to implement the mechanisms to solve the Yemeni crisis… Only few Yemenis, specifically the separatists in southern Yemen and Houthis in Saadah, oppose this election. This opposition will not affect the election as indicators show that millions of Yemenis will cast their ballots to end the crisis.
Yusu al-Kuwaylit in Saudi Arabia's Al-Riyad
Yemen is an important country at the Arab level. Its stability means that a key door to foreign interference will be closed, especially regarding those who support Al-Qaeda and terrorist organisations. It is a basic need for Gulf security.
Hashim Abduh Hashim in Saudi Arabia's Ukaz newspaper
When Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi becomes president of Yemen in one of its toughest historical phases, the political solution will be victorious over any awful alternatives… Yemenis will have the right to enjoy what their Gulf brothers and neighbours enjoy, especially with regard to the privileges of solidarity, integration and unity.
Abd-al-Wahab Badrakhan in the United Arab Emirates' Al-Ittihad
The important thing as of today is to start getting the country out of the crisis it has been going through. More importantly, Abdrabbuh needs to know how to attract Gulf and international attention and translate it into urgent aid to accelerate the process of getting life back to normal in Yemen.
Sati Nur-al-Din in Lebanon's Al-Safir
Voting in presidential elections scheduled today in Yemen is a good event and a happy conclusion to the Yemeni revolution in a long transitional period that has faced some difficulties but has risen to the level of a miracle… It is not a model or ideal experiment. It is the best available option.
Editorial in Iran's hard-line Jomhuri-ye Eslami
The presence of the American vice president [John Brennan, deputy national security advisor] in Yemen, which coincides with holding a theatrical presidential election in this country, is clear evidence of this election being a planned conspiracy by Washington to not allow Yemenis to control their own destiny. America is trying to confiscate the revolution and force its mercenary elements into the country by freely riding on the popular wave.
Hasan Hanizadah in Iran's hard-line Qods
Holding a presidential election in Yemen has turned the county's political situation into a new stage of confrontation between the nation and the government… In fact, the plan's aim was to restrain the Yemeni people's revolution in order to pave the way for judicial protection for the fugitive Yemeni dictator.
Ali Totmaj in Iran's Hemayat
Most Yemeni people stress that Hadi is the same dictator as Saleh who was imposed on the Yemenis by the Arabs and the West... It can be said that the election is not in accordance with the people's demands, it is based on the wishes of Arab and Western countries that ignore the rights of peoples. Yemeni voters have gone to the polls to elect a new president to replace Ali Abdullah Saleh. The only candidate in the election, which comes a year after anti-government protests, is Vice-President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.
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