Gulf states denounce Houthis forming cabinet

The militias’ political council in Sanaa announced forming a government led by Abdulaziz bin Habtour

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The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Tuesday has denounced Iran-backed Houthi militias forming a government in Yemen led by Abdulaziz bin Habtour in what’s been viewed as a provocative move.

GCC’s Secretary General Abdulatif Al-Zayani said the Gulf states completely reject this step.


Zayani said this shows that the Houthis are not serious to enter any political talks, and are complicating UN’s envoy attempt to end conflict in Yemen.

The cabinet consists of 42 ministerial portfolios that were equally distributed between the Houthis and supporters of deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The ministries of defense, interior and foreign affairs were assigned to supporters of Saleh while the finance, civil service, planning, international cooperation, education, information, justice and legal affairs were assigned to Houthi militias.

This comes as United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed resumes his efforts to find a solution for the crisis and after Kuwait welcomed receiving the legitimate government’s and rebels’ delegations to sign a peace deal.


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