Yemen’s president is to name a new prime minister and cut a disputed fuel price rise 500 YR for petrol and deseal as he bids to head off protests by Shia rebels, an official said.
Faced with pressure from the Houthi rebels and a deepening political crisis, president Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi “has agreed to go ahead with the initiative and form a new national unity government”,President said,
The initiative comes after Houthi Shia rebel leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi on Sunday urged supporters to press on with a campaign in Sanaa to oust the government.
Houthi fighters have been camped around the capital for the past two weeks and held protests almost throughout August to push for the government’s resignation, accusing it of corruption.
Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra, reporting from the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, said the new initiative could be the last opportunity to secure a political deal to “break the impasse and turn the chapter of weeks of political divide that has crippled Yemen”.
However, a spokesman for the rebels, Mohammed Abdulsalam, dismissed the initiative as an attempt to “skirt around the demands of the Yemeni people,” writing on his Facebook page that the rebels “do not agree to it”.