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Jan 25, 2015

Yemen risks disintegration as south rejects Shi’ite group’s takeover

SANAA (Reuters) – No sooner had Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi announced his resignation than his country’s tenuous political fabric began to disintegrate.

    Provinces across a nation barely held together by a complex web of tribal and religious alliances said they would no longer take military commands from Sanaa after the Iranian-allied Shi’ite Houthi group besieged Hadi’s home and palace this week.

Jan 24, 2015

Thousands of Yemenis stage biggest anti-Houthi protest in Sanaa

SANAA (Reuters) – Thousands of Yemenis took to the streets on Saturday in the biggest demonstration yet against the Houthi group that dominates Yemen, two days after President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s resignation left the country in political limbo.

Witnesses said a crowd estimated at up to 10,000 people marched from Sanaa University towards Hadi’s home some 3 km (1.8 miles) away and back, repeating chants denouncing both the Shi’ite Muslim Houthi group and predominantly Sunni al Qaeda.

Jan 23, 2015

Yemen suffers power vacuum after president, premier quit

SANAA (Reuters) – Yemen drifted deeper into political limbo on Friday after President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned in exasperation at a Houthi rebel takeover of the country, a move that appeared to catch the Iran-backed group off balance.

Hadi, a former general, blamed the Houthis’ control of the capital Sanaa for impeding his attempt to steer Yemen toward stability after years of secessionist and tribal unrest, deepening poverty and U.S. drone strikes on Islamist militants.

Jan 22, 2015

Yemen president quits, throwing country deeper into chaos

SANAA (Reuters) – Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned on Thursday, just days after Houthi rebels battled their way into his presidential palace, plunging the unstable Arab country deeper into chaos and depriving Washington of a key ally against al Qaeda.

Hadi, a former general, blamed the Houthis’ control of Sanaa for impeding his two-year-long attempt to steer Yemen toward stability after years of secessionist and tribal unrest, deepening poverty and U.S. drone strikes on Islamist militants.

Jan 22, 2015

Houthis welcome Yemeni president’s concessions but gunmen remain

SANAA, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Yemen’s Houthi rebels welcomed on
Thursday proposed concessions by the government on power-sharing
but their gunmen still held positions outside the residence of
President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who remains a virtual prisoner
there.

Hadi said on Wednesday he was ready to accept Houthi
demands which also include constitutional change, yielding to
pressure from the Shi’ite group whose fighters battled their way
into the presidential palace this week, after seizing an aide to
the president.

Jan 21, 2015

Houthi gunmen guard Yemen leader’s home, deny overthrowing him

SANAA (Reuters) – Yemen’s minority Shi’ite Houthi fighters took up guard at President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s home on Wednesday but said they had not toppled him, after two days of fighting which left little doubt that the enfeebled leader was now at their mercy.

The Houthis, friendly to Iran, swept into the capital four months ago and have emerged as the dominant force in the country. For now at least they appear to have decided to stop short of overthrowing Hadi, possibly preferring to exert control over a weakened leader rather than take on the burden of power.

Jan 21, 2015

Houthi display of force challenges embattled Yemen leader

SANAA, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Houthi fighters battled guards at
the Yemeni president’s private home and entered his palace on
Tuesday, raising the stakes in a turbulent campaign for more
political power that has enfeebled state authority and thrown
the Arab state deeper into turmoil.

Speaking hours after his fighters’ display of force, Houthi
leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi warned President Abd-Rabbu Mansour
Hadi that he had to implement a power-sharing deal struck when
his men seized the capital in September.

Jan 21, 2015

Clashes hit Yemen capital again as Houthis pursue political gains

SANAA (Reuters) – Fighters from the Houthi group battled guards at the Yemeni president’s private home and entered the presidential palace on Tuesday, witnesses said, as a second day of violence in Sanaa raised fears the country was descending into chaos.

In a speech on live television, Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi suggested two days of fighting involving his men were part of an attempt to protect a power-sharing deal meant to steer Yemen to stability.

Jan 20, 2015

Militias attack Yemen president’s private home – minister

SANAA (Reuters) – Militia fighters bombarded the private residence of Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi on Tuesday in an effort to overthrow the goverment, the country’s information minister said.

The attack followed some of the worst fighting in the capital Sanaa in years on Monday, when guards loyal to Hadi fought artillery battles near the presidential palace with the powerful Houthi movement, which has been in dispute with Hadi over political and constitutional issues.

Jan 19, 2015

Fighting shakes Yemen capital as Houthis accused of coup

SANAA (Reuters) – Yemen’s powerful Houthi movement fought artillery battles with the army near the presidential palace in Sanaa on Monday, plunging the fragile Arab state deeper into turmoil and drawing accusations that the militia fighters were mounting a coup.

Explosions echoed across the city and plumes of dark smoke hung over downtown buildings as the most intense clashes since the Shi’ite Muslim Houthi movement seized the capital in September brought everyday life to a halt.