The Muslim Brotherhood was kicked out of Qatar over the weekend, according to reports. The Associated Press:
Former minister Amr Darrag, who was also the top foreign affairs official in the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, and fiery cleric Wagdi Ghoneim said they are leaving Qatar following a request to do so by the Gulf monarchy.“I decided to move outside of the beloved Qatar … so as not to cause any annoyance, embarrassment or problems for our brothers in Qatar,” Ghoneim said in a video message posted on his official Facebook page.Darrag, in a statement posted on his page, said, “we value the role of Qatar in supporting the Egyptian people in its revolution against the coup. We understand well the conditions it is facing in the region.”The highest ranking member of the group residing in Qatar is Mahmoud Hussein, the secretary general of the Muslim Brotherhood. According to Rassd, a news agency affiliated with the group, Hussein is among those who will be leaving the country. The agency said they will be searching for another base in exile, possibly Turkey.
The big question is whether this is the extent of Qatar’s concessions to the Saudi/Egyptian/UAE alliance, or the upstart sheikhdom is aligning its policies more broadly with the bloc. Meanwhile, the possibility that Turkey may offer sanctuary to the Muslim Brotherhood is an interesting and, from a Saudi point of view, worrying development. Turkey has the muscle to ignore Saudi pressure, and Turkey clearly has its own brand of Islamic ideology to promote.The Islamization of Middle Eastern politics and the politicization of Islamic movements proceeds apace.