Yemeni Government Resigns Amid Houthi Militia Siege

Houthi fighters Wednesday in the streets of Sana, the Yemeni capital. They now control the city. (Khaled Abdullah/Reuters)
Houthi fighters Wednesday in the streets of Sana, the Yemeni capital. They now control the city. (Khaled Abdullah/Reuters)

The Yemeni government resigned en masse Thursday, days after Shiite Houthi rebels seized the presidential palace, kidnapped a top presidential aide and demanded changes to the country’s constitution.

President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, his prime minister and Cabinet resigned after meeting with the rebels to reach a deal to end the crisis. The Houthis agreed to pull back from the presidential palace where Hadi has been held since last week and other areas of the capital in return for other concessions.

On Wednesday, Yemen’s state news agency reported the Houthis and Hadi had reached a peace agreement that included amendments to the constitution that expanded their governmental representation.

But the rebels did not pull back. In his resignation letter, Prime Minister Khaled Bahah said the government did not want to be dragged into “an unconstructive political maze.”

SOURCE: UPI
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