Houthis, Saleh aim to run country via new deal

Houthis and Saleh’s party have agreed to sign a new agreement that will see a rotating council administering Yemen

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Iran-backed Houthi militia and its allies in former President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s General People’s Congress party have signed an agreement to set up a council to run the country, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

In a statement carried by the Houthi-run state news agency sabanews.net, the two groups said that the council would include a rotating leadership that included a president and a deputy from both sides.

In response, the foreign minister of Yemen’s internationally recognized government dubbed the development as yet another coup by the Houthis. The minister also urged the international community to act against this move.

The move comes as UN-sponsored peace talks now underway in Kuwait show no sign of producing an agreement to end Yemen’s civil war.

A ceasefire accord between the Houthis and President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s loyalists has repeatedly been violated since it took effect in April.

Peace talks in Kuwait since then have done little to end fighting that has killed more than 6,200 people and displaced more than 2.5 million in the Arabian Peninsula state.

A Saudi-led alliance intervened in Yemen's conflict in March 2015 to try to restore Hadi to power after the Houthis seized Sanaa and advanced on his temporary headquarters in Aden, forcing him to flee to Saudi Arabia.

Houthis are still in control of the capital Sanaa.

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