President Hadi says Aden Yemen's capital, not Sana'a

Published March 7th, 2015 - 03:26 GMT

Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi regards the southern port city of Aden as the Arab country's capital, an aide says.

The aide, quoting Hadi, said on Saturday that Aden became the capital of the Arab country when the Houthi fighters took control of Sana’a last September.

The Yemeni president’s claim is totally symbolic as moving the capital requires a change in the Arab country’s constitution.  

Some Persian Gulf Arab states have already relocated their embassies from Sana’a to Aden.  

Hadi, along with the cabinet of Prime Minister Khaled Bahah, stepped down in late January, but the Yemeni parliament did not approve the president's resignation.

Last month, the Houthi Ansarullah movement dissolved the parliament and announced a constitutional declaration on the Transitional National Council.

The constitutional declaration said that the council will be set up to elect the presidential council in a bid to end the country’s persisting political deadlock.

Hadi left his home in the capital Sana’a on February 21 after weeks under effective house arrest and went to Aden, Yemen’s second largest city, where he officially withdrew his resignation and highlighted his intention to resume duties.

He also called on the Ansarullah revolutionaries to relinquish power and leave Sana’a. Houthis, however, said Hadi had lost his legitimacy as head of state and was being sought as a fugitive from justice.

The Houthi movement played a key role in the 2011 popular uprising that forced dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to quit after 33 years in power.

The Ansarullah revolutionaries say the Yemeni government has been incapable of properly running the affairs of the country and providing security.


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