Hadi launches military operation east of Sanaa, Houthi-led bloc sets up governing council; peace talks end

National Yemen
Written by Staff

Yemen’s two dominant political movements on Saturday announced a 10-member governing council, pushing ahead with plans to run the country as UN-sponsored talks to end a 16-month-old war drew to a close without a deal.

The announcement came as supporters of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who is backed by a Saudi-led Arab coalition, launched a fresh offensive to try to capture the capital Sanaa from Houthis, Reuters said.

In a brief statement issued in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, the Saba news agency published the names of 10 officials who would comprise the political committee which would run the country. Both parties would rotate the position of president and vice president, who will be chosen from within the committee.

The Houthis and the GPC last month cited a need to bring in all parties to share in running Yemen in view of the continuing Saudi-led aggression. But they insisted they would continue peace talks in Kuwait.

The UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed has slammed the proposal saying it gravely violated UN Security Council resolutions on how to solve the conflict and warned the warring parties against any “unilateral actions”.