Yemen Government and Houthi rebels signed peace deal

Sep 22, 2014 11:41 IST

Yemen President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi on 21 September 2014 signed a peace deal in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, with Shiite Houthi rebels. The peace deal aims to put an end to the violence in the country.

The deal was signed at the Presidential palace in the presence of President Hadi, the UN envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar and representatives of Yemen's political forces, including the Houthi rebels.


Following the deal, the Prime Minister Mohammed Basindwa submitted his resignation to President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi. He resigned because under the ceasefire deal, present Government led by Prime Minister was to resign and a new government with wider representation was to be formed.

Other aspects of the deal

• The deal asks for formation of a new government within one month.
• It also says that the President Abdrabuh Mansour al-Hadi will also appoint advisers from the Houthi rebels and southern separatists within three days.
• The President will also name the new premier within three days that will replace Basindawa, the Prime Minister. The new premier must be neutral and should not belong to any party.
• The deal also asks for continuation of the fuel subsidy.


The deal was signed after the rebel groups seized strategic positions of the country that included the Government headquarters in capital Sanaa.

Comment

The violence broke out in the state on 16 September 2014. The rebels were demanding the sacking of current Government, more shares in power and retention of the fuel subsidy.

This violence resulted in death of about 140 people and also forced thousands to flee. But it seems that, the UN-brokered peace deal between Houthi rebels and Yemen's government will also end the violence and lift seize from parts of capital Sanna by Houthi rebels.

 

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