Houthis release constitutional declaration, take over government

Published February 6th, 2015 - 05:04 GMT

Yemen's Houthi movement announced their takeover of the country on Friday, Reuters reported. The group released a constitutional declaration that dissolved parliament and asserted plans to form a replacement assembly.

The new assembly, to be called the Transitional National Council (TNC), will elect an interim five-member presidential council. 

The declaration follows the passing of a three-day ultimatum, which required political parties to offer their solutions to the country's political crisis. According to a statement released by Houthi leadership, failure to do so would allow the "revolutionary committees and the leadership of the revolution to take immediate steps necessary for organizing political authority and the transitional phase to move the country out of the current deadlock.”

Houthi rebels took control of Sanaa in September. On January 22, the Shiite group forced President Hadi and his cabinet to resign from power. The country has been without leadership since. 

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