‘Doha current’ seeks to block agreement on power-sharing in Yemen

Turkish-Qatari axis reacts to the success of Saudi efforts in resolving the crisis between the STC and the government.
Tuesday 07/07/2020
A file picture shows Yemeni Prime Minister Moeen Abdulmalik (C) speaking during a  conference on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen in Geneva, last year. (AFP)
A file picture shows Yemeni Prime Minister Moeen Abdulmalik (C) speaking during a conference on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen in Geneva, last year. (AFP)

ADEN –Yemeni local sources in Marib Governorate confirmed to The Arab Weekly the arrival of Deputy Speaker of Parliament Abdul Aziz Jabbari to the province a few days after he criticized the efforts made by the Arab coalition to implement the Riyadh agreement and the formation of a new government based on the “power-sharing” formula.

The sources said that Jabbari’s visit to Marib comes in the context of the moves by the Doha current in the government camp to sabotage the recent understandings between the Southern Transitional Council (STC) and the government of President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi about implementing the Riyadh agreement.

According to the sources, Jabbari left the Saudi capital, Riyadh, days he arrived there on a private plane from Cairo, accompanied by a number of members of the Presidency of the Parliament and advisers to President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

The sources pointed out that Jabbari had on previous occasions made some fiery statements criticising the Arab coalition. He had also previously left the Saudi capital and joined in the Omani capital Muscat the Minister of Interior Ahmed al-Maisari and the resigned Minister of Transport Saleh al-Jabwani, in the wake of last August’s events between the STC and the Yemeni government.

According to The Arab Weekly sources, Jabbari’s anti-Riyadh agreement positions come within the framework of an active campaign to sabotage the agreement led by a number of Doha’s men in the Yemeni government, such as Ahmad Al-Maisari, who frequently commutes between the cities of Salalahin in Oman and Mahra in Yemen, and Saleh al-Jabwani, who has returned from a secret visit to Doha and proceeded to establish a militia recruitment and training camp in Ataq with Qatari financing.

Political sources suggested in a statement to The Arab Weekly that the coming period after the implementation of the Riyadh agreement will witness a new wave of political migration of members of the “legitimacy” camps towards capitals hostile to Arab coalition countries such as Ankara, Doha and other places where politicians and media loyal to Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood are gathering in order to form a new political anti-legitimacy and anti-Arab coalition bloc.

The sources expected that Deputy Speaker of Parliament Abdulaziz Jabbari would be active during the coming period to serve the Qatari agenda from Ma’rib Governorate, in parallel with the roles played by Ahmed al-Maisari at al-Mahra Governorate, Saleh al-Jabwani at Shabwa Governorate and Hammoud Saeed Al-Mikhlafi at Taiz Governorate.

The activity of the Turkish-Qatari axis in Yemen revolves around an environment hostile to the Arab coalition alliance in those governorates and consists of inciting anti-coalition demonstrations, casting doubt on the objectives of the coalition, and trying to sway to their cause other components from the government camp and local media outlets. This political activity runs parallel to suspicious military activity represented by setting recruitment and training camps for anti-Arab coalition militias and brainwashing them to become loyal to Qatar and Turkey, and then seeking to integrate these forces within the regular army and security institutions through a broad process of infiltration and systematic re-configuration of the Yemeni National Army.

Yemeni political sources indicated that the Qatar current’s activity in the governorates of Taiz, Shabwa, Marib and Mahra enjoys political cover from some of the influential leaders in the “legitimacy camp” who are part of the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen. Their strategy is to openly support the Arab coalition while at the same time seek to enable the Turkish-Qatari agenda to take control of the state institutions at the local levels and inside the army and security forces.

According to the sources, some of the pro-Qatar-Turkey figures in the government adopt a discourse hostile to the UAE, while leaving the task of attacking the Saudi role to the branches of the Muslim Brotherhood in Istanbul and Doha. These systematic media campaigns always use Yemeni officials residing in those cities. The curious thing is that no real action was taken to strip these individuals of their affiliation with the legitimacy camp.

This is certainly the case of Ali al-Bujairi, a member of the Brotherhood Shura Council, who openly calls for a Turkish-Iranian interference in Yemen, of Issam Shuraim, also a member of the Shura Council, who announced his meeting in Muscat with members of the Houthi negotiating delegation, of Mukhtar al-Rahbi, advisor to the Ministry of Information, who runs from Istanbul the Qatari “Al-Mahriya”TV channel hostile to the Arab coalition, and of Major General Ahmed Qahtan, a member of the Shura Council who is leading the anti-Saudi movement in Al-Mahra Governorate, in addition to dozens of other advisors and ministerial agents who are now announcing their alignment with the Turkey-Qatar-Iran axis against the Arab coalition.

Yemeni observers believe that the escalation of activity of the Turkish-Qatari current in Yemen in recent days came in response to the success of Saudi efforts in resolving the escalating crisis between the Southern Transitional Council and the government, and to the fact that the political forces and elements involved in the Riyadh agreement have reached a consensus on the procedures of the first stage of implementing the Riyadh agreement related to the political aspect, which includes mandating a Prime Minister and appointing a governor and a security director for the temporary capital, Aden.

Political sources have previously revealed to The Arab Weekly that there was a broad consensus to task the current Prime Minister, Moeen Abdulmalik, with forming a new cabinet of 24 ministers divided equally between North and South Yemen, according to the provisions of the Riyadh Agreement. There was also consensus on appointing two new Vice-Presidents to President Hadi, one from the north and the other from the south, in replacement for the current Vice President Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, about whom the sources confirmed that there was a broad consensus to have him removed and reappointed to an honorary position.