Yemenis consider how Morsi’s election will affect local scene
In Sana'a and in other Yemeni governorates, people celebrated the election results. Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi and former President Ali Abdulah Saleh congratulated Morsi.
People in buses, streets, cafes and universities discussed Morsi and how his Muslim Brotherhood backing and participation in the revolution in Egypt will affect other Arab and Islamic nations.
Politicians said the Egyptian elections will affect the political scene in Yemen, as the two countries are quite similar politically.
Faris Al-Hemiari, an independent journalist, said Morsi's win is a success for all who took to the streets protesting against the presidents of Yemen, Egypt, Libya and Syria.
“I think the course of the Egyptian elections will directly affect the upcoming phase in Yemen,” Al- Hemiari said.
“Yemen follows everything that happens in Egypt, and successful Egyptian figures inspire many Yemenis.”
Al-Hemiari said the success of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt will encourage the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen, represented by the Islah party, to follow the same path to the presidency after a two- year transitional period.
“Some young leaders in the Islah party disagree with their colleagues about important issues,” Al-Hemiari said. “This may hinder the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen from winning the presidency.”
He added that young people from the Muslim Brotherhood, who played an essential part in the revolution, must be represented in the government.
Mohammed Aish, a political analyst, said, “Yemeni politics differ from Egyptian politics; however, Morsi’s success may encourage the Islah Party in Yemen to pursue the presidency.
“I fear Morsi’s win will affect the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen negatively. They will attempt to achieve the same thing in Yemen, but because the Yemeni situation is very complicated, their attempt will be of no use.”
Marib Al-Ward, a journalist affiliated with the Islah party, said, “Morsi’s success is a pivotal point between two periods: a period of dictatorship and a period of giving authority for people.
“Morsi’s win will greatly impact the Yemeni revolution. It will encourage youth to continue their revolution until all their goals are achieved.”
Al-Ward said Morsi’s success will be an inspiration to all marginalized Yemeni groups, particularly southerners. Both Yemen’s president and prime minister are from what was formerly South Yemen.
“Morsi’s success is a victory for democracy and equality,” he said. “It is a step toward the revolution’s goal of constructing a modern civil state. The election will bring in a new period in the relations between Egypt and Yemen.”
Mohammed Saeed, a young revolutionary in Yemen, said Morsi shouldn’t have won, as it gives the Muslim Brotherhood control of the whole government.
He said Morsi's win will encourage the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen to control everything and marginalize those unaffiliated with them.
Bilal Al-Thamna, a young Yemeni man from the Beida'a governorate, said the election results will affect the Yemeni political scene. He said it sends the message to supporters of the former regime that it is very difficult to return to power.
Al-Thamna said Saleh’s loyalists were encouraged by the possibility that the candidate from the former regime might win the Egyptian elections, as they hope for a similar result in Yemen during their own elections. Morsi's win was definitely a blow to morale.
Ilham Al-Hadabi, an activist in Sana’a’s Change Square, said, “The result of the Egyptian election will affect not only Yemen but the greater Arab and entire world because of Egypt's strategic political and geographical position.”
Al-Hadabi added, “The Egyptian elections will greatly affect Yemen as Morsi represents the Muslim Brotherhood and his success is also a success for the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen. People who belong to the General People's Congress here won't like this result.”