The differences between the wings of General People’s Congress in Taiz prevailed by its absence from the events scene and retreat its political role in the province since the war outbreak, this brought the party, which has parliamentary majority in the province into clinical death.
The differences between the wings of Taiz GPC are a reflection to the differences between the wings of the party in Yemen in general, especially after the death of party’s leader, “Ali Saleh,” by Houthis in December 2017. However, what widened the gap in Taiz conference was the sharp polarization within the party between each of Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar’s wings, represented by the Parliamentarian Rashad Al-Alimi, and UAE wing along with Saleh family, who represented by the head of the legitimate Parliament, and the leader in GPC party, Sultan al-Barakani.
The differences between Al-Barakani and Al-Alimi wing culminated in after military and political conflict witnessed by Al-Hujariah areas south of Taiz countryside between the 35th Armored Brigade led by its former commander Adnan Al-Hammadi and the Yemeni Islah Party. Where Al-Alimi played a pivotal role in facilitating and enabling Islah forces to control the directorates of Al-Hujariah and disbanding the 35th Armored Brigade after the assassination of its commander Al-Hammadi, and it is the result that Al-Barkani tried to impede and resist it through his political and tribal movements in Taiz and through his legitimate authority.
Al-Berkani and Al-Alami’s conflicts appeared to the public with contradictory political statements between each of the conference branch leadership in the province headed by Arif Jamel, who is close to Al-Alimi and Islah, and the statements of the party’s branches in Al-Hujariah directorates that stood against the expansion of Islah forces and condemned them more than once during the conflict rounds.
The control of Islah party over Al-Hujariah facilitated by Al-Alimi, the governor of the province, and the leader of the conference also Nabil Shamsan. Al-Barkani wing considered it a prelude to the expansion of Islah forces towards Mocha City and a threat of “Tariq Saleh” forces in the coast, which would make Islah dominate the political and military scene in the province and allow it to exclude others.
With thorny issues that the province is witnessing at the security and political level, in addition to the end of Jamel’s term as head of the party branch and his departure to Cairo recently, observers believe that Taiz conference faces challenges that may further increase the fragmentation and marginalize it if left unchecked.