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Yemen’s Saleh plans to withdraw from Houthi alliance

May 2, 2017 at 12:38 pm

Yemen’s ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh [BaFana3/Twitter]

Sources close to Yemen’s ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh said that he has been working to restore his military influence and recapture control from the Houthis who govern the capital Sana’a and a number of state institutions.

Al-Watan newspaper quoted the sources as saying that Saleh was resentful of the Houthis’ attacks against him and his party, after several leaders of the General People’s Congress (GPC) confirmed that the Houthis had infiltrated the party with the aim of undermining his influence on the public opinion.

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The sources explained that Saleh’s plan is to launch a media campaign against the Houthis and their movements, explaining that media channels and news agencies affiliated with Saleh have already attacked the Houthis for refusing to pay the salaries of state employees, starving civilians and preventing aid getting into the areas.

The sources said that Saleh plans to start with the media campaign before moving to withdraw confidence from the Houthis’ government and the so-called political council with the possibility of forming a military council to replace it.

According to the sources, media channels loyal to Saleh have recently accused the Houthis of looting funds from the Central Bank and the confiscation of international aid and transferring it to unknown places.