After all,, now presumably under treatment in the United States for internal — or internalised — wounds that Saudi medical experts failed to heal, wasn’t on the ballot. Nor, for that matter, were any of his rivals. In fact, there was only one person that voters could vote for: Saleh’s vice-president and designated successor, . There, the authoritarian structure of the Hosni Mubarak regime remains intact, despite the former president’s relegation to the infirmary and the defendant’s dock, much to the relief of neighbours such as Israel and ex-sponsors of the status quo ante from Washington to Riyadh. t will, in all probability, continue to be a far cry from Libya, where Nato’s intervention brought forth a change that has left some people scratching their heads, given that the replacement regime seems almost as prone to human rights abuses as the Qadhafi regime, with elections still a promise rather than a definite prospect.