I don’t know how true this rumor is, but Yemeni discussion boards have been discussing a growing tension between two sons of the late Sheikh of Sheikhs Abdullah al Ahmar – Hamid and Sadiq. Over the last year or so, Hamid has made a name for himself within “the reform wing of the reform party” – Openly campaigning for presidential opposition JMP candidate Faisal bin Shamlan, and leading the party into a number of confrontations with the GPC. A biographical (and somewhat adulatory) article can be found here. Sadiq, on the other hand is known for his tribal inclinations and will appeal to the more traditionalist element of the party. He is also thought to be more radically religious, and is linked to jihadist AQ/AAIA figures.
If the rumours are true, and there is indeed disagreement within the party, this would be a very good development for the GPC and Ali Abdullah Saleh – who stands to gain from any Islah weakness.
The only reason I bring up the rumor, is that such a conflict between the two brothers is quite possible, if not now, in the future. Islah is not a uniform party, but a coalition of interests, which, without a strong, commanding central figure like Abdullah al Ahmar, will be easy to fracture – the brothers may eventually come to symbolize those competing interest. Thus far, it appears that Hamid has been acquiescing, and the party has been moving closer to its tribal wing – but the reform wing will only bend so far.