Written By: Elena White
Article Date: May 7, 2012 - 3:42:13 PM
Sources within al-Islah party told the Yemen Observer that internal dissensions were threatening to torn the political faction apart as two of its high ranking leader were at each other’s’ throats over corruption and embezzlement’s allegations.
Hamid al-Ahmar one of Yemen's Islah party leaders accused of corruption
Abdul Wahab al-Ansi, the Secretary General of al-Islah accused Sheikh Hameed al-Ahmar, younger brother to Sheikh Sadiq al-Ahamr and Yemen’s billionaire businessman of having re-routed millions of dollars to his personal account of the funds which the state of Qatar put at the disposal of the party to finance the revolution.
At the very beginning of the popular uprising al-Islah moved into “Change Square” the epicenter of the revolutionary movement, wanting to ensure that it would control the Youth to its advantage rather than find itself eclipsed from the political scene. As political analysts, Ahmed al Sofi warned at the time, “al-Islah saw in the popular uprising an opportunity to oust the regime it so virulently opposed. The Islamic party wants to assert its own coming to power, it has nothing to do with its support of democratic principles, it is purely self-interest which drives it.”
Yemen Islamic party leaders allegedly involve in corruption, Ahmad al-Anisi Secretary General of Islah party accused Hamid al-Ahmar of corruption
Qatar which has for years opposed also President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s rule saw in Yemen’s revolution the perfect storm, an open invitation onto the country’s political scene. Wanting to have a foothold in the poorest country of the Arabic Peninsula as to satisfy its need for regional hegemony, Sheikh al-Thani offered its financial support to al-Islah, pledging to send a reported $80 million per month for the support of all revolutionaries and guarantee that they stay loyal to al-Islah’s leadership.
Now according to al-Ansi, Hameed al-Ahmar would have pocketed half of that money in recent times, with the latter arguing that since the Youth had been cut down in size by half since the presidential elections he was therefore entitle to the excess fund.
The matter was first raised by Judge Ahmed Said Hashed who is in charge of the administration of the “square” on behalf of al-Islah.
Al-Ansi and al-Ahmar allegedly had a heated argument, with the former calling the Sheikh a “thief”.
Al-Islah refused to comment on the incident denying all allegations in block.
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