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Yemen’s Al-Islah Party to Reintroduce New Administrative Framework

Yemen’s Al-Islah Party to Reintroduce New Administrative Framework

Sunday, 7 January, 2018 - 10:45
Yemen’s Al-Islah party head Mohammed al-Yadumi. (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Yemen’s Al-Islah leader Mohammed al-Yadumi said that his political party is in the process of preparing for the Fifth General Conference to comprehensively assess overlapping positions and issues, including the process of renewing frameworks under which the party is run.

In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Yadumi highlighted efforts spent by neighboring Gulf states, namely Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

“The party highly appreciates the Arab Coalition’s support provided by the Saudi Kingdom and the UAE to the internationally-recognized government and the Yemeni people,” he said.

He described the recent meeting between the party's leadership with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, and UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed as defining and positive.

Addressing repeated accusation of the party's affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood, Yadumi stressed that his party is a national political party with a reformist approach, as it is mentioned in its name—Al-Islah is Arabic for reform.

"There are no organizational or political relations with the international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood."

Yadumi said that it was efforts spent by “heroes that served the Houthi militias a severe blow—Houthis have sought to detach Yemen from its Arab identity and reintroduce it as a pawn for Iran’s expansionist agenda.”

Iran seeks control over Yemen so that it may access other countries it perceives as arch foes, creating a source of disturbance to Gulf and international security and stability.

The right-wing political leader also welcomed the General People's Congress party back into Yemen’s political life, so long as it adherence to constitutional legitimacy.

He also urged the Congress to overcome differences and focus on the liberation of Yemen.

"Today, Yemen cannot tolerate any side battles that the coupists could exploit to prolong the conflict and the suffering of the people," said Yadumi.

He highlighted that coup militias register losses daily to pro-legitimacy forces-- slamming Houthis as "liars who deceive with every breath they take."

Rarely speaking to media outlets, Yadumi refused to address rumored extortion practiced by his party against the coalition combating the Houthi militias.

“Reform has already released a declaration supporting Saudi-led efforts on restoring the legitimately elected government into power, which was in response to the request issued by President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi to help save Yemen,” he added.

As a political party, Al-Islah spared no effort in mobilizing the national public opinion to support the legitimacy government and engage in resisting the coup by all means.

“This has been our permanent and firm political position since the beginning of the battle,” said Yadumi.

In addition to this strong and clear political position, Al-Islah has been involved in the pro-government popular resistance and in supporting the national army.

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