SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's Shiite rebels on Thursday announced a formal alliance with the country's ousted president and his former ruling party by setting up a new political council to rule the country.
The rebels, known as Houthis or Ansar Allah, signed a deal with the General People's Congress, led by former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, agreeing to form a council of 10 members, five from each party. According to a statement posted by the official news agency SABA, the two sides said they will work together to confront the Saudi-led military coalition, which supports the internationally-recognized government months after it fled the country. The Houthis have controlled the capital, Sanaa, since 2014.
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The parties which signed the deal said that it was prompted by "the insolence of the Saudi assault and its coalition in continuing to kill our people and destroy public and private properties."
Saleh and the Houthis have been already been allied since 2014. The two sides were adversaries when Saleh ruled Yemen and fought each other for six years until 2010. But the longtime autocrat was forced out in a 2011 popular uprising. Under terms of the deal brokered to remove him from power, Saleh received immunity from...
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