Saudi ambassador in Yemen resumes duties from Aden

Yemani protesters wave flags and march through the streets during a demonstration demanding renewed independence in the southern city of Aden on Nov. 30, 2014. (AFP)

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Yemen will resume his job from the southern city of Aden where Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi holds court after he fled Sanaa where he was put under house arrest by Houthi rebels, Al Arabiya correspondent reported.

Ambassador Mohammed Said al-Jaber Ambassador Mohammed Said al-Jaber's move to Aden, Yemen's economic hub, underlines Saudi Arabia's support for Hadi.

Saudi Arabia joined Western states earlier this month in evacuating its embassy in Sanaa following a power grab by the Houthis, who now control the capital city of Sanaa.

But with Hadi gone, the Houthis, whose fighters now control large parts of Yemen, have been struggling to form a new governmentز
While under siege in Sanaa, Hadi submitted his resignation, which he later retracted after fleeing to Aden.

Parliament never met to approve Hadi's resignation, and on Saturday he said he was still president. He is now working to set up a rival power center in Aden with loyal army units and tribes, though many members of his government, including the prime minister, Khaled Bahah, remain under house arrest in Sanaa.

"The Saudi ambassador returned to Aden yesterday together with the Gulf Cooperation Council secretary-general and began today to pursue his mission officially in Aden," Rajeh Badi, an aide to Hadi, confirmed to Reuters. He said envoys from the other Gulf Arab states would follow suit.

[With Reuters]

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