SANA’A – Algerian protesters have expressed their opposition against a Muslim Brotherhood attempt to ride on their popular protest movement on Friday.
The protests against the possible extension of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s fourth term decided on Friday to expel Abdullah Jaballah, the leader of the Algerian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, called the Justice and Development Front.
Al-Jaballah’s descent into the street provoked widespread outrage among the protesters, who gathered around him and asked him to leave, expressing their rejection of any role for him and his party, especially after the Brotherhood’s subversive project was exposed in more than one country.
Abdullah Jaballah is one of the Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Algeria over the past 20 years, and the most important founder of the Muslim Brotherhood in the country.
Since the 1970s, Jaballah belongs to a faction of the Islamist movement, headed by the preacher Mohamed Salah Abed, a senior religious leader, but he has been imprisoned repeatedly for inciting violence through his impassioned religious sermons. This led to his arrest and imprisonment at various occasions, in 1982, 1984, 1985 and 1986.
Jaballah ran for presidential elections twice, in 1999 and 2004, but he was defeated in both cases.
The Muslim Brotherhood is an international organization that officially claims to work towards a Sunni Islamist project.
However, throughout the decades the group has at various moments sided with imperialist and Wahhabi extremist conflicts. Most recently, it has played a destabilising role in both Syria and in Yemen, where the Brotherhood-affiliated Islah Party has been a major supporter of the Saudi-led invasion.