Yemeni Congregation for Reform
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The Yemeni Congregation for Reform (in Arabic: التجمع اليمني للإصلاح, translit.: at-tajammu al-yemeni lil-islah) is the main opposition party in Yemen. At the last legislative elections, 27 April 2003, the party won 22.6 % of the popular vote and 46 out of 301 seats.
The Islah party says that those thinking of fighting for the Yemeni government against the Sa'dah insurgency of the Houthis, should instead keep well out of the war against the Houthis because Yemeni’s must not help Yemen’s pro-Western government, which deserves to be overthrown.
The party has been described as consisting of "three components. The first is the political faction, Yemen’s Muslim Brotherhood, led by Mohammed Qahtan. The second is the tribal confederacy led by top tribal chief Sheikh Abdullah al-Ahmar. And the third is the mainstream Salafists in Yemen, led by the country’s most prominent Sunni religious scholar, Abdul Majeed al-Zindani." (Sheikh al-Ahmar died in 2007 and was succeeded by his son Sadeq.)
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