By: Essam al-Sufiani
- SEYOUN- Faisal Bin Shamlan, Joint Meeting Parties (JMP)'s presidential candidate, said Bin Ayfan district, located in Hadramout governorate, is a center for drugs harbored by the government.
In his second electoral festival held Saturday in Seyoun, Bin Shamlan said he obtained a report released by a foreign authority stating Bin Ayfan district is a center for drugs, accusing the state of not controlling it. "Don't you read reports released abroad?" he addressed the attendants.
Bin Shamlan reminded the citizens of the policy which the Yemeni Socialist Party (YSP) used to adopt as it accused the government of being procrastinating in returning lands to their owners according to their documents before the YSP confiscating them during its reign in Southern Yemen.
During the festival, attended by a small rally and televised by Yemeni satellite channel, Bin Shamlan instigated governorates against one another, stating some governorates are granted vacancies while Hadhramout, Marib, Shabwa and al-Jawf governorates are not. "Smoke and gases go to you, while petroleum vacancies go to others," he noted.
The JMP presidential candidate is running his campaign disguised in beggary, never hesitated to describe military and police members as beggars. "Military and police forces should be granted adequate salaries so that they wouldn't beg citizens or others. How come we ask military and police members to protect the country and provide security for its citizens while they receive petty salaries?"
Bin Shamlan didn't differentiate between the republican regime and government as he asked to change the current regime and replace it by a fair one, which he didn't reveal, but this time calling to overthrow the state which he described as a "cancer".
Indicating to his worn-out memory, Bin Shamlan forgot that he is a presidential candidate as he elaborated on Seyoun problems like watercourses and valley trees, as if he is running for local elections, unaware of his presidential platform. This proves what has been said that Bin Shamlan had his platform ready, commenting only on the way it was phrased, and that –according to the head of his campaign- he rephrased it using his awesome literary style.
By using contradicting speeches, instigating language, and referring to the past, Bin Shamlan puts an end to several violations made by JMP newspapers. Controlling the JMP presidential festival by Islah Party has provoked and enraged other leaderships of the JMP as they said this act on the part of Islah restricted their participation in the festival.
Sources that attended the festival said the festival began with a welcoming speech by the head of Islah Seyoun Branch, followed by Bin Shamlan and then Vice-chairman of Islah Shoura Council. Sources added that Islah leadership of Seyoun Branch interrupted the citizens' questions during Bin Shamlan's speech, justifying there was no need to make such questions in the festival.