Seven Yemeni parties yesterday announced that they will form a national alliance to support the legitimacy of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi against Houthi rebels and forces loyal to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
The parties said in a statement reported by the official Saba news agency that “the alliance will be announced in the coming days from the interim capital of Aden”.
The statement pointed out that the new alliance aims to build a national consensus which supports restoring legitimacy and ending the coup in all its forms and images.
“The alliance also aims to return to the political process based on the Gulf initiative and its executive mechanism, the outputs of the national dialogue and UN resolution 2216 and the Riyadh Conference document,” it added.
The announcement came days after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman met with the head and Secretary-General of Yemen’s Islah Party, Mohammad Al-Yadumi, following a campaign of harassment and arrests against party members in Aden by the Saudi-led coalition and UAE-backed forces.
The coalition includes the General People’s Congress, Yemen’s Islah Party, the Yemeni Socialist Party, the Nasserist Unionist People’s Organisation, the Justice and Construction Party, and Al-Nahda for a Political Change Movement.