Yemen's President Hadi says he won't reconsider his resignation

Published January 31st, 2015 - 05:36 GMT
The Yemeni parliament has not yet accepted Hadi's resignation. (Photo: Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
The Yemeni parliament has not yet accepted Hadi's resignation. (Photo: Mohammed Huwais/AFP)

Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi says he will not reconsider his resignation.

On Saturday, Hadi told delegates of different Yemeni political factions that he has no plan to reconsider his resignation.

The delegation visited Hadi at his house where the US-backed president is currently held under arrest by Shia Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement.

Hadi also said he would participate in national reconciliation talks only if the negotiations were held outside the Houthi-controlled capital city of Sana’a.

The remarks came two days after the administration of Prime Minister Khaled Bahah said it is no longer responsible for the developments in the Arab country, blaming the Shia revolutionaries for "paralyzing the state and the country's political transition."

The accusations of the US-backed Yemeni government against Houthi fighters came a week after Hadi and the cabinet of Bahah resigned due to pressure from Ansarullah revolutionaries. The Yemeni parliament has yet to accept Hadi's resignation.

The impoverished Arab country is currently grappling with a severe political crisis.

In September 2014, Ansarullah revolutionary fighters gained control of Sana’a following a four-day battle with army forces loyal to General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, the half-brother of the country’s former dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh.

In the same month, Ansarullah fighters and the Yemeni government inked a UN-backed ceasefire deal that called for the withdrawal of the revolutionaries from the capital once a neutral prime minister was picked. The deal has failed to deliver any practical results so far.

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