Yemen rebels reject new prime minister

Houthis' stance comes hours after a presidential decree named Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak as the country's new premier.

    Shia rebels have rejected a new Yemeni prime minister just hours after his appointment, in a blow to hopes of restoring order two weeks after they overran the capital.

    President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi appointed his chief of staff, Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, as the country's new premier on Tuesday.

    Houthi rebels told Al Jazeera they rejected the new prime minister as no agreement officially took place.

    "We strongly reject this nomination, which is not in accord with the will of the nation and does not respond to the wishes of the people," the rebels said in a statement after the appointment.

    "This appointment is at the behest of outside forces, a denial of national sovereignty and... the rule of consensus that must direct the process of political transition," the statement added, without elaborating.

    The rebels refusal will further delay the implementation of a ceasefire deal sponsored by the United Nations that called for the Houthis to withdraw from Sanaa once a new neutral prime minister was named.

    Houthi fighters stormed into Sanaa in an offensive on September 21 and proceeded to establish a strong military presence, mounting patrols and manning checkpoints.

    The rebels have refused to withdraw from the city so far despite the UN deal promising them more influence with the Sunni-dominated government.

    Born in the southern port of Aden, bin Mubarak was one of the representatives in the dialogue of the Southern Movement, which seeks autonomy or secession for the formerly independent south. He was also secretary general of the national dialogue on Yemen's political transition.

    The Houthis are now believed to be trying to expand their influence eastwards to the country's main oilfields and southwest toward the Red Sea.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How different voting systems work around the world

    How different voting systems work around the world

    Nearly two billion voters in 52 countries around the world will head to the polls this year to elect their leaders.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    The peace games: Dreaming big for South Sudan's youth

    The peace games: Dreaming big for South Sudan's youth

    A relatively new independence and fresh waves of conflict inspire a South Sudanese refugee to build antiwar video games.