Yemen's Government Just Completely Collapsed

Yemen's Government Just Completely Collapsed
Source: AP
Source: AP

Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned on Thursday, a government source told Reuters.

Presidential officials told the Associated Press that Hadi resigned after being pressured to make concessions to the rebels, known as Houthis. He had earlier pledged political concessions in return for the rebels withdrawing from his house and the nearby presidential palace, but Houthi fighters remained deployed around both buildings throughout the day.

The announcement itself came just hours after embattled  president and the Houthi rebels who had encircled his government over the past several days met with a United Nations special envoy in an effort to carry out an agreement the two sides reached to end a violent crisis that had gripped the capital of Sana for days.

Prime Minister Khaled Baha offered his government's resignation to Hadi earlier on Thursday, saying that the government did not want to be dragged into "an unconstructive political maze," an apparent reference to a stand-off between Hadi and Yemen's powerful Houthi movement.

Bahah's government, composed of technocrats and politicians drawn from a range of parties, was named in November and won a parliamentary vote of confidence the following month. Speaking to Al Arabiya channel, Yemen's cabinet spokesperson said that the government resignation was "irreversible."

Hadi and the Yemeni government may not be out of the woods just yet: According to the Agence France-Presse, the Yemeni parliament has rejected his resignation:

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Jared Keller

Jared Keller is the former director of news at Mic.

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