Houthis lift house arrest on Yemeni prime minister

Prime Minister Khaled Bahah and all his cabinet ministers were released after nearly two months under house arrest

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Yemen's Houthi rebels on Monday released Prime Minister Khaled Bahah and all his cabinet ministers after nearly two months under house arrest, government spokesman Rajeh Badi said.

Bahah said in a statement on his Facebook page that the move was a goodwill gesture to ease talks on Yemen's political transition, but said he had no intention of resuming his post.

He had resigned in January after the Houthis captured the presidential palace.

President Abderabbo Mansour Hadi, who has resumed power from second city Aden in the south after escaping from house arrest in Sanaa last month, has proposed the crisis talks move to neighboring Saudi Arabia.

The six Gulf Cooperation Council members agreed to that request last Monday but have not set a date for the meeting.

Houthi leaders are divided over transferring Yemeni national dialogue to Riyadh, Yemeni sources told Al Arabiya News Channel on Sunday.

While the majority of Houthi rebels object to Houthi participation in the Riyadh talks and reject any change in venue for the talks, a moderate group of Houthi leaders is open to taking part in the talks.

[With Reuters]

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