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Yemen’s President Hadi resigns amid standoff with Shiite militia

Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned on Thursday (archive picture)
Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned on Thursday (archive picture) Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Yemen’s embattled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned Thursday, FRANCE 24’s correspondent confirmed, amid a heated standoff with powerful Shiite rebels who control the capital and have held him “captive” in his house for the past two days.

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The move follows the resignation earlier that day of Prime Minister Khaled Bahah as the UN’s envoy to the Arab country met with representatives from the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, and other political factions to try to implement a deal reached Wednesday to end the country’s crisis.

Under the agreement struck while the rebels confined Hadi in his private home the group’s militias were to withdraw from the presidential palace and key areas of the capital they have overrun in recent days in return for political concessions.

Twenty-four hours after signing the deal, heavily armed Houthis remained stationed outside Hadi’s house and the presidential palace.
 

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