Yemen’s Salafis on Wednesday formed their first political party, mirroring a move made by their Egyptian counterparts with great success in recent elections there, reported Reuters. Egypt’s Salafi al-Nour party recently took the second highest number of seats in the nation’s first democratically-elected parliament in years. Yemen’s new Islamist party, Rashad Union — Rashad a name based on the Arabic for “good judgement” – on Wednesday issued a statement outlining their political priorities, among them the implementation of Islamic law throughout the country.
They also called for dialogue between Sunni Islamist militants and northern Shi’ite rebels, according to Reuters, with Salafi leader Abdel Wahhab al-Hamqani saying talks were critical in order to “get Yemen out of the cycle of violence.”
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