Houthis reject new Yemen PM in blow to peace hopes
Mubarak was named earlier on Tuesday by Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi
Shiite rebels rejected a new Yemeni prime minister on Thursday just hours after his appointment, Al Arabiya's correspondent in Sanaa reported, in a blow to hopes of restoring order two weeks after the rebels overran the capital.
"We strongly reject this nomination which is not in accord with the will of the nation and does not respond to the wishes of the people," the rebels said in a statement after the appointment of Ahmed Awad Mubarak, according to Agence France Presse.
Mubarak was named earlier on Tuesday by Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi.
The presidential decree naming the new premier came after Hadi met his advisers – including a representative of the rebels – and agreed on Mubarak’s nomination.
Tuesday’s nomination came two weeks later than it should have done under a cease-fire deal sponsored by the United Nations that also provides for the withdrawal of the rebels from Sanaa, their disarmament and revitalization of the political transition.
The UN deal called for the Houthis to withdraw from Sanaa once a new neutral premier was named.
Mubarak has been Hadi’s chief of staff for several months. He was also secretary-general of the national dialogue on Yemen’s political transition.