Yemen's president withdraws resignation

Published February 24th, 2015 - 11:23 GMT
Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi escaped house arrest from Houthi militants on February 21. (AFP/File)
Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi escaped house arrest from Houthi militants on February 21. (AFP/File)

Yemen's President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who had stepped down from his post in late January, has officially withdrawn his resignation after fleeing the capital, Sana'a, for his hometown Aden, where he has been meeting senior security officials and provincial governors.

According to Yemeni news website Alhadath-Yemen, Hadi sent a letter to the parliament on Monday, withdrawing his resignation.

He said in the letter that he had made the decision due to the “the critical situation in the south and north of the country.”

Hadi has met with several tribal and provincial figures in the southern city of Aden to garner support against Yemen’s Houthi movement, which took overthrew the government in a coup.

On Saturday, Hadi dismissed all measures taken by Houthi militants n the capital, Sanaa.

“All measures and appointments made since September 21 [last year] are null and illegitimate,” Hadi said in a statement.

The statement, which was signed as the "president of the republic of Yemen," was Hadi’s first public comment since he, along with the cabinet of Prime Minister Khaled Bahah, stepped down on January 22. However, the Yemeni parliament rejected Hadi’s resignation.

Hadi escaped house arrest in Sanaa and fled to Aden on February 21.

He has demanded that the UN-sponsored talks currently being held in Sana’a to resolve the political crisis in the country be transferred to a different location. 

On Monday, the UN special envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, said Hadi had expressed “reservations about continuing the current negotiations in Sanaa.”

According to Benomar, the Yemeni leader also “requested they be transferred to a ‘safe place’ to which the parties should agree.”

In September 2014, the Houthi militants gained control of Sanaa 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.

Before gaining control of the capital, the Houthis had set a deadline for the political parties to put aside differences and fill the power vacuum, but the deadline was missed without any change in the impoverished country’s political scene.

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