Political Analysis

Hadi Retells the Story of His Escape and Houthi Threats

National Yemen

By NY Staff

Abdul Aziz Jubari, General Secretary of Justice and Development Party, has revealed the details of his meeting and other prominent politicians with President Hadi which was held in the economic and commercial capital, Aden. The meeting was between the leaders of the seven parties and President Abd Rabbu Mansur Hadi. Deputy Jubari said that President Hadi retold the details of leaving his house in Sana’a, which was besieged by Houthi militants, and his arrival to Aden.

Jubari said the following in a status he posted on Facebook in Arabic language:

We met in the presidential palace with president Hadi and our partners from the political parties that gathered at the beginning of the week and decided to meet up with the president in Aden. Unfortunately, Mr. Qahtan was kidnapped from Ibb and was forcibly taken back to Sana’a. Also, members of the Socialist Party have received threatening letters and so the only choice we had was to contact them in order to represent all the seven parties: the Nasserist Organisation, the Justice and Development party, Islah party, the Socialist Party, Yemeni Rashad Union Party, and the popular forces. The meeting lasted for two hours, where everyone spoke with honesty and clarity. I took some notes and took the president’s permission about posting it and got his approval.

Among these points were answers to my questions. Some of the most important things he said was: the constitutional legitimacy is functional, and what has happened in Sana’a is a full coup. Things have to be restored to their original condition. The period of weapons has come to an end and we are in the 21st century, a century of reason and logic. We are extending our hands to the Houthis, put down your weapons and evacuate the country’s institutions. Lets discuss things logically. Together we can reach the solutions that will satisfy all Yemenis.

When asked about the reason of the submission and withdrawal of his resignation, Hadi said, “After the attack on my house and the presidential palace, Houthis requested the issuance of about a hundred and thirty decisions by the vice President of the Republic, the Vice President, deputy Ministers and heads of the Central Bureau of Control, the Political Security and the National Security as well as other positions. When Saleh Samad presented the request, he said: “This request is nonnegotiable!” Dr. Al-Eryani asked whether this was considered the first notice. Al-Mashat replied that the notice is available and that he has received the message from Abdul-Malik al-Houthi saying that if these decisions weren’t announced by 9, he is not responsible for what might happen next. So I said, “Don’t worry, everything will be okay by 9.” I called my consultants and the house speaker, and filed my resignation to the House of Representatives as the constitution states. I asked them all not to negotiate my decision and I sent it to Saba’ agency but they didn’t announce it due to the agency being controlled by the Houthis.  

I have asked the president about how he left his house and arrived to Aden despite the presence of the Houthis at his residence. Was it true that the former president helped him? Or any other party? There are speculations that Benomar has helped him or it might be the international intelligence or some other story. He said, that no one was involved in this. He left his house in a car that only had three occupants and we changed cars by passing though unpaved streets. We escaped from one place to another until we finally reached Aden. I consider leaving my house and reaching Aden a victory for all Yemenis and a victory for peace and security, and not for war and destruction.

The president also spoke about his outlook towards the future saying, I believe that Yemen will only experience security and peace through its unity and that unified Yemen completes itself around regional and Gulf roles.”

The president confirmed that what is currently happening in Yemen is a regional conflict and that Gulf countries now realize that the failure of the Gulf Initiative is considered a failure of the Gulf role in Yemen and a victory for other roles. These are the points that I have taken and felt the need for announcing it. I have kept some of what have been said since I thought that spreading it will not be in anyone’s favor.