The Impact of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Fall in Egypt on the Policy Trends in Yemen
As a result of a series of mistakes committed by the deposed Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi, the miscalculations by the Muslim Brotherhood of the street pulse and the army’s reaction and the MB ignorance of the regional order’s constants; the army intervened, toppled Morsi and ended the futile rule of the MB. The rise of the MB to power in Egypt had a huge impact on the MB’s offshoots in the Arab World, especially the Reform (al-Islah) Party in Yemen. Al Islah behaved as the undisputed next ruler of the country. It started to control important ministries (according to distribution and partnership in the Gulf initiative). Later on, the party replaced the previous administrative leadership with it members regardless of the old leadership partisan affiliations. The replacement process covered all positions at the ministry level and its branches all over the country. Away from its allies in the joint meeting parties (a gathering included al Islah Party and the most important opposition party in one bloc against the former regime since 2002), al Islah started unilaterally to prepare for the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections to monopolize power. This has led to an indifference to continue coordination among the joint meeting parties. Al Islah could not care less, but as soon as the army interfered in Egypt and deposed Morsi, al Islah considered this a grave danger; so, it immediately took the initiative to restore its alliance with the joint meeting parties, by holding a series of extensive meetings.