The UN Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said yesterday evening that the roadmap to peace he put forward to resolve the Yemeni crisis recognises the legitimacy of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.
He told Al Jazeera after arriving in the Qatari capital of Doha yesterday that the initiative presented to the main conflicting parties, the Houthi rebels and the Hadi government, is merely a “roadmap for a temporary solution, not a deal.”
The controversial peace plan submitted by the UN envoy suggested Ali Mohsin Al-Ahmar to step down as vice president and for Hadi to essentially forfeit his presidential rights to a new vice president, who will then have the powers to create a new unity government. The government will share power between the Houthis, their ally former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the Hadi government.
Yemen has been locked in a bitter battle between Houthi rebels allied with Saleh against government forces led by Hadi, along with local tribes and resistance forces backed by a Saudi Arabia-led coalition.
Nearly 10,000 people have been killed as a result of the conflict with millions displaced as a result of the fighting.