Yemen: Islah party suspends membership of Nobel laureate Karman
February 4, 2018 | 5:22 PM
by Reuters
Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman of Yemen smiles during a news conference as part of the Nobel Women's Initiative to gather a first-hand account of the ongoing violence against women land defenders, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, October 24, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera/File Photo

Dubai: Yemeni Nobel Prize winner Tawakkol Karman was suspended from an Islamist party allied with President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi after she criticised the Saudi-led coalition that backs him in the country's civil war.

Karman won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for her role in Arab Spring protests that ousted authoritarian President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The Islah party, regarded as a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is viewed by Saudi Arabia and the UAE as a terrorist organisation, tried to distance itself from Karman and order her suspended from its ranks.

"Tawakkol Karman's statements do not represent the Islah party and its policies, and are not in line with the party's positions," a statement posted on Islah's website said.

"Therefore, the general secretary has decided to freeze her membership according to the party's status."

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