One of the most important people who were (statesmen) before and after the unity in Yemen was Bin Ghanem.
As for why he was so, it is because he came to the position of responsibility, qualified, well-educated, earnest and honest, and he has a clear vision of how to take his country towards a systematic path of development, whether when he worked in the field of scientific planning before the union in the south of the country, or during his economic vision strategic action of the government afterwards.
I did not know him, but I did not meet him at all for several reasons, including that he was not the owner of (Maghil) and did not tend to appear in the media unnecessarily, as well as before this because of his long stay in Geneva as a representative of Yemen at the European headquarters of the United Nations, but what I knew of information It is reliable through identical sources about the circumstances of his (conditional) acceptance to form a government with a strong and influential leader of the state, such as the late President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who deserves to write this testimony about him to history in all impartiality and fairness.
What I was sure of was that Saleh was in need of Ben Ghanem for two reasons, the first of which was that he wanted to represent the Hadhramaut governorate in power with a man of high caliber like Bin Ghanem, and secondly, that he wanted to put at the head of the government a technocrat with wide international relations to help implement a program of reforms A deep economic structure required by international donors to continue paying foreign aid.
Saleh negotiated with bin Ghanem about how to choose the ministerial team, and both of them had their conditions, and in the end they agreed on a settlement, which is that Saleh choose ministers for certain ministerial portfolios, and that the choice of the rest of the ministerial staff is what bin Ghanem decides.
The two men agreed to set a period not exceeding six months to assess the extent of the success of the experiment or its failure, and after that the government was formed, but Saleh would not have stopped interfering in the way the government works and issuing direct instructions to some ministers in his capacity as head of state, and this is his way of working, and Bin Ghanem did not He can accept that these instructions do not come to his ministers through him, and he cannot waive his conditions to ensure that the pace of the performance of government ministers is controlled.
When the latter felt that he was unable to lead the Council of Ministers on the agreed terms, he decided to leave and return to Geneva. His health condition was, in fact, calling for it.
At the time, I prepared a report for one of the Arab channels, which revealed the reasons for the dispute between Saleh and Bin Ghanem, where one of the speakers indicated that the latter’s demands represented the minimum required reforms, but this matter embarrassed the president, who kept repeating in his speech to the same channel and other media outlets that the long absence His prime minister was due to his need to receive treatment at the hands of his doctor, who has been supervising his treatment for several years.
As soon as the report was broadcast, someone called me from the president’s office to tell me that “what you have published represents the worst report that can be shown on television!”
Saleh was constantly communicating with his prime minister in the hope of returning him to his position, but the latter had apparently resolved the difficulty of dealing with Saleh, and not to return to Sana’a, and decided to remain in Geneva until his death.
Bin Ghanem was a different case from all the heads of government who preceded him or those who came after him .. In his precedent, he was probably the only prime minister who resigned and was not said!