“Saleh Must Leave Power,” says Yemeni Nobel Prize Winner
U.S. officials reported that the latest bomb plot allegedly orchestrated by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has been foiled. While details are still unavailable, NPR has published information pertaining to the incident, noting the type of explosive, the plot, and the bombmaker Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri.
Meanwhile, Yemeni officials expressed frustration that they had been completely left in the dark. “We have no information on the attempted bombing the U.S. authorities have spoken of,” said an official in President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s office. “The bomb plot only served U.S. interest and Yemen was once more kept in the dark,” he said on the condition of anonymity.
The humanitarian situation continues to worsen, according to IRIN Global, and has reached a level where it affects millions of people. As a result of two new conflicts, 95,000 people have been forced to leave their hmes. Funding for civil society groups best adept at meeting the needs of the Yemeni people has remained low. Accroding to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan is 20 percent funded.
Conflict continues to impede the revolution as three camps have emerged as the dominant actors. The first is led by newly elected president Hadi who has promised to fulfill the goals of the revolution and fight al-Qaeda. Another is Ali Abdullah Saleh still exercising powers from behind the scenes. The third is a group of activists who say they will not rest until the revolution is complete. Al Jazeera speaks to Prime Minister Mohammed Salim Basindawa and Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkul Karman about the current state of the revolution.