The June 30th Movement in Egypt and its Impact on the Political Situation and the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen

EPC | 15 Jul 2013

The fall of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) rule in Egypt through military intervention and the huge regional support was a milestone in the strategies of the movement’s offshoots in the Arab World. For instance, the rise of the MB to power in Egypt made the MB in Yemen (al-Islah Party) act as if they are undoubtedly the next rulers of Yemen, to the extent that they neglected their allies and excluded everyone from their share of ministries according to the Gulf initiative. But the events in Egypt have alerted the Yemeni MB and urged them to review their alliances, which still lack the trust of all other forces as a result of the experience of the transitional period and being exposed to the public. The events in Egypt, which ended by the toppling of President Morsi and the fall of the MB from power, overshadowed the whole region. In Yemen and despite acknowledgement that these events have added another issue for political parties to disagree on, it still has not led yet to big and prominent changes in the political scene. However, this does not mean that this will happen in the future through its impact on the rules of the political game in Yemen. The importance of these events for Yemen stems from its impact on the Yemeni MB, as one of the most influential and effective political force in the country. This paper will dedicate the first section to tackle the impact of events in Egypt, on the overall political situation in Yemen. The second part of the paper will deal with the actual and expected impact of these events on the Yemeni MB in particular.

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