On his speech after the constitutional declaration, the Houthi leader Abdel Malek al-Huthi on Saturday defended his powerful militia’s establishment of transitional bodies to resolve Yemen’s political crisis, in the face of street protests and international criticism.
“This historic and responsible initiative is in the interest of the country… because it fills a political vacuum,” al-Houthi said in a televised address to his loyalists gathered in a Sana’a stadium or al-Mouricy stadium.
What the Revolutionary Committees contrived is a noble and responsible move that serves the supreme interests of all the Yemenis, according to Houthi leader.
We are ready to cooperate with all the Yemeni factions as long as they intend to sustain the national unity, he added.
Al-Houthi noted that if the foreign powers seek the Yemenis’ interests, the Constitutional Declaration meet the same target, warning against destabilizing the socio-economic situation in the country.
He said it was “in the interest of all Yemenis without exception”, including the separatists of southern Yemen. The formation of a “presidential council”, announced on Friday, would also head off the threat from Al-Qaeda which has a strong presence in east and south Yemen, al-Houthi said.
“If Al-Qaeda takes control of the country, it will plot against our brothers in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf,” he warned.
Continuing his speech, the Houthis said Hadi’s defence minister, General Mahmud al-Subaihi, would chair a newly formed “security commission”, which also included the outgoing interior minister. “The commission’s task would be to “lead the country’s affairs until the establishment of a presidential council” he said.