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Yemen's Shia fighters surround parliament, ministers' residence

Iran Press TV

Fri Jan 23, 2015 10:8AM

Shia fighters in Yemen have taken control of the country's parliament in the capital, Sana'a, after the legislative body refused to accept President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi's resignation.

The Houthi movement's Ansarullah fighters stormed the parliament on Friday after the legislative council rejected a resignation by the president and his cabinet.

The fighters also surrounded the residence of three key ministers in Sana'a.

The development came as some ministers have said they will continue issuing orders at the ministries despite the resignation by the cabinet. However, four provinces from Yemen's formerly independent south have vowed to defy all military orders from Sanaa.

Eyewitnesses said Shia fighters surrounded the house of Defense Minister Major General Mahmoud al-Sabihi in Sana'a.

The fighters have called on the army to intervene as the current "sensitive" situation in the Arab country is worsening.

Yemen's cabinet led by Prime Minister Khaled Bahah handed its resignation to President Hadi Thursday without giving more details. Hadi also stepped down shortly after, saying he does not want to get involved in "an unconstructive political maze that is not based on law or order".

Yemen has been the scene of tensions after the Shia fighters arrested Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, Hadi's chief of staff, at a checkpoint in the western district of Hada on January 17.

The impoverished Arab country is currently grappling with a severe political crisis between the central government and Ansarullah fighters.


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