Yemen crisis: Houthi rebels ‘announce takeover’

Yemen crisis Houthi rebels 'announce takeover'

Yemen’s Shia Houthi rebel movement has announced it is taking over the government and dissolving parliament.

In a televised statement, the group said a five-member council would act as the president for an interim period.

The group took control of the capital Sanaa in September, forcing the resignation of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in January.

The announcement comes after the failure of UN-brokered peace talks.

The Houthis set a Wednesday deadline for political parties to reach an agreement on ending the country’s political turmoil, threatening to act unilaterally otherwise.

The rebels move would mark “a new era that will take Yemen to safe shores”, the statement said, according to Associated Press.

 The Houthis’ announcement was made on state television

Analysis: Sebastian Usher, BBC World Service

The declaration is the final stage of what many Yemenis have seen for months as a Houthi coup.

Government decisions will now be dictated by revolutionary committees, dominated by the rebels.

Yemen has been in a political vacuum since last month when President Hadi and his government resigned after the rebels took full control of Sanaa.

The Houthis delivered their message from the Republican palace in Sanaa to a huge gathering of political, military and tribal figures in an effort to show the range of their support.

But the rebels are minority Shia from the north. Their writ will not be recognised by Sunni and southern leaders, threatening Yemen with a further descent into chaos.




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