Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi, President of Yemen, has announced his resignation not long after receiving the resignation of his entire government from Prime Minister Khaled Baha. These resignations come amid a storm of military activity in the country, including occupation of both Hadi’s home and some government buildings by Houthi rebels.
The announcement comes on the heels of an agreement reached just one day prior between the Yemeni president and the rebels arranging for the withdrawal of troops from government buildings in exchange for certain concessions to be made to a draft constitution. The resignation of the government came after it was just put in place in November, even passing a confidence vote the following month.
Baha’s statement said that in light of the events which were transpiring, the government had no desire to be pulled into a maze of political maneuvering “not based on law and order.” A spokesperson for the cabinet said that the decision of the government to resign was irreversible. With the resignation of Hadi and his entire government, all eyes are on the Houthi rebels to see what the next act of the political drama unfolding with the leadership of the country will be.
By Jim Malone
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