President and Houthi rebels come to an agreement
Following a week of violence which included Houthi rebels kidnapping the President’s Chief of Staff, the capture of the state TV station by the rebels and the surrounding of the President’s house, the two sides have reached an agreement.
The Yemen News Agency (SABA) reports the details of the agreement as follows:
1- The constitution is now open to amendment, addition or deletion by the members of the National Authority for Monitoring the Implementation of NDC Outcomes through adding or omitting any texts were not stipulated in the document of the NDC outcomes.
2- The draft constitution should be agreed upon by all factions. If the factions did not accepted any matter, this matter would be submitted to the President and the Presidency of the National Authority for Monitoring the Implementation of NDC Outcomes to be agreed upon, after reviewing and approving the National Authority’s bylaw in accordance with the peace and national partnership agreement.
3- The draft of the constitution should specify that Yemen is a federal state in accordance with the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference (NDC).
4- The membership of Shura Council should be expanded in a week, in accordance with the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference (NDC).
5- Ansarallah and peaceful Southern Movement and all other disgruntled political factions deprived of equal representation in state institutions will have the right to be appointed in these institutions in accordance with the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) and the Peace and National Partnership Agreement. These measures will be implemented immediately.
6- Concerning the situation in Marib province, the ministerial committee should submit its report to the President of the Republic, who would issue decrees in accordance with the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) and the security appendix within a week.
7- All political components who signed the Peace and National Partnership Agreement should set an executive mechanism to implement the partnership in the state’s institutions. This mechanism would be submitted to the President within two weeks.
8- Ansarallah pledged to release Dr. Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, pull back from around President Hadi’s home and the presidential palace, Prime Minister Khaled Bahah’s official residence at the Republican Palace, main missile base in Sana’a, and other locations including checkpoints set up on Jan. 19 when the latest fighting flared up.
In an interesting revelation the Al Jazeera news network have received a leaked telephone call between former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the Houthi leader, Abdul Wahid Abu Ras. The telephone call which was made last October suggests that Saleh has been coordinating the uprising with the Houthis. If the telephone call is proven to be genuine then it would suggest that Al Saleh has used people loyal to him in government and the Houthi rebels to create the current instability in the country.
Yesterday Saleh called for an early general election to defuse the political crisis.