Islah differs from most other Arab Islamists
. The party combines tribal influences along with those of the Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood. As a result, it faces deep internal divisions on key issues. Its fractious composition prevents it from developing a clear parliamentary platform, forcing it instead to balance tribal and political interests, differing interpretations of the party’s Islamist platform, and both loyalist and opposition constituencies.
Given its origin as an alliance, Islah's ideology remains vague and its political platform ambiguous. Islah could be best described as a conservative party that promotes tribal and religious values.
General structure, leadership
Relations with Saudi Arabia and the UAE
The party was blacklisted by Saudi Arabia in March 2014 due to its ties to the Muslim Brotherhood
Since the death of former King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz
, Saudi Arabia has repaired relations with Al-Islah, due to their role in fighting the Houthis
during the Yemeni Civil War
In December 2017, Islah leaders Al-Yidoumi and Al-Anisi met with the crown princes of Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi
(part of the UAE) in the Saudi capital Riyadh
to discuss the Yemeni war.
Before that, the UAE had publicly opposed Al-Islah,
and it was later claimed that the UAE hired American mercenaries to assassinate people like Al-Islah leader Mayo.
In December 2018, it was reported that Islamist political parties like Al-Islah and jihadi militant groups like Al-Qaeda
and Islamic State (ISIS)
were the main targets of the UAE, with the Houthis
no longer being regarded as the greatest enemy of the UAE, with the Saudis being unable to do anything about it.
House of Representatives elections
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