Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi
Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi

Yemeni President Abd Rabu Mansour Hadi Tuesday dismissed the government in an effort to defuse tensions with Shiite rebels, independent Yemeni news site Mareb Press reported.

Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi
Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi

A unity government to be formed within a week will work to end protests by the Shiite rebel Houthi movement, the site said, citing unnamed sources.

Hadi also agreed to partially reverse hikes in fuel prices, according to the report.

The initiative, proposed by a presidential committee, requests the Houthis to end their protests and withdraw from the province of Amran, north-east of Sana’a, which they seized after clashes with government forces in recent months.

A spokesman for the Houthis dismissed the proposals as a bid to “circumvent people’s demands,” Dubai-based broadcaster Al Arabiya reported, without further details.

Thousands of Houthi followers have in recent weeks staged rallies in the capital Sana’a, demanding the government step down and fuel subsidies to be reinstated.

On Monday, the protesters blocked main roads in central Sana’a as the beginning of the year, after winning the support of major tribes previously sympathetic to their Sunni rivals.

Authorities accuse the Houthis of trying to reinstall the rule of hereditary Ziaidi imams – who were toppled by a republican revolution in northern Yemen in 1962 – and of receiving support from Iran. part of a civil disobedience campaign.

The Houthis have expanded their influence from the far north to Sana’a since

Yemen, the Arabian Peninsula’s most impoverished country, is also struggling with an al-Qaeda insurgency and a secessionist movement in the south.





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