March 31st, 2015

Ignoring external influence, Yemen's circumstances

Saleh hedges his bets
The surprise Saudi operation has prompted Saleh to opt for appeasement.
27 March, 2015 By: Riyad Ali
Analysis: Opinion over the Saudi-led military operation in Yemen divides as statements by Ali Abdullah Saleh's General People's Congress party suggests he is prepared to abandon the Houthi movement.
In what may be the first tangible outcome of the Saudi-led 'Decisive Storm' military operation in Yemen, former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh appears to be abandoning the Houthi movement. His General People's Congress party (GPC) Thursday announced it was "not part of the conflict", and that "Yemen is part and parcel of the Gulf".
Saleh and his party had been seen as main players in the conflict as allies of the Houthis. But the GPC Thursday issued a statement that could be read in several ways.
Rejecting "foreign intervention and the attack on Sanaa, the capital city for all Yemenis", the statement also called on Gulf countries to "resume their direct role with different parties in order to reach peaceful solutions based on their initiative".
But the GPC also went on to say that, "the security of Yemen is part and parcel of the security of its brotherly Gulf countries, and it is unacceptable for any of the two parties to threaten the security and stability of the other".
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