This commentary was published in The Daily Star on 06/04/2011
Ali Abdullah Saleh is finished as the president of Yemen. Popular democratic protests that started on a small scale in the middle of February outside Sanaa University have widened to encompass the whole country. The continuity and strength of the demonstrations clearly indicate that the regime’s days are numbered. Tribal leaders have joined the protesters. Even close allies who belong to Saleh’s own Hashid tribe, such as the First Armored Brigade commander, General Ali Mushin al-Ahmar, have abandoned him. Now, even his long-term protector, the United States, seems to be abandoning him.