Saleh slams Houthi allies in political row

In a Sept. 3, 2012 file photo, former Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh speaks during a ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of his General People's Congress party (GPC) establishment in Sanaa, Yemen. (AP)

The ousted Yemeni president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, launched a scathing on his Houthi allies, warning them of their policy of eliminating and dismissing members of his political party, the General People Congress, from public positions.

Saleh’s outburst, the first since the Houthi militias controlled the Yemeni capital Sana’a in 2014, came during a meeting with representatives of his party in the newly formed political council, the Supreme Political Council.

In an apparent frustration of the newly formed council’s recent directives, Saleh said: “the political council should not be altered into an executive power, it is a political council to illustrate policies and to regulate the government. The government is in charge, and it is the executive body.”

“Passing through you ministers of the Congress I address Ansar Allah ministers: these seditions and tactics and are unwarranted,” he added.

Since the overthrow of Yemen’s legitimate government and the formation of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee, Houthi militias exercised unprecedented administrative corruption, appointing 10,000 of their supporters as civil servants, whilst sacking and eliminating loyalists to the Saudi-backed government, except for Saleh’s supporters.

*This article is avaliable in Arabic at AlArabiya.Net.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47