Yemeni President calls on int'l community to condemn houthi coup
Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, forced to step down by the Ansar Allah Houthi rebel group, has called on the international community not to recognize the change of power in the country, Bahrain's Al Ayam newspaper reports.
According to Al Ayam, Hadi has stressed that all political action taken in the country after the Houthi rebels stormed the capital Sanaa last September is unlawful.
On Saturday, Houthis released Hadi from house arrest that he had been subject to for several weeks following his forced resignation.
Power in Yemen is currently in the hands of the Ansar Allah Houthi rebel group.
Houthis dissolved the Yemeni parliament in the capital Sanaa and created a presidential council in a "constitutional declaration" on February 6. Hadi and the country's government resigned in January after the Houthis captured the presidential palace and government buildings.
The Houthis, the main opposition force in Yemen, started staging massive protests against tribal injustice on the part of the Yemeni government last year, demanding the resignation of the president and several officials. Houthi militias have taken over many Yemeni cities, claiming their actions are aimed at protecting civilians from terrorism and discrimination by the government.
The United Nations has been advocating a peaceful political settlement in Yemen. UN envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar announced on Friday that rival factions in the country have agreed to set up a transitional council.