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From: Inside Story

Yemen: New balance of power?

Talk of foreign plots and civil war as government signs peace deal with powerful rebels.

With the ink barely dry on a power-sharing deal with Shia rebels, Yemen’s President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi is already warning of civil war.

A UN-brokered deal was all but dictated by the leader of the Houthi rebels. They have taken over much of the capital Sanaa, as they seek to redress historical grievances.

Houthi leader Abdel Malik al-Houthi hailed the takeover as a “successful revolution for all citizens”. Yemen’s president has vowed that Sanaa will not fall, and spoke of foreign involvement.

He said: “At this moment I feel there is a conspiracy from outside the country’s borders in which several parties have played a role.”

He went on: “Some are ones who lost their interests and others are seeking personal revenge, they are now taking revenge on the country before they take revenge on their enemies. We see all of those blackmailers eating away at the land’s resources.” 

Under the UN-brokered deal, a government of professionals is to be appointed within a month, to be inclusive of all elements of society.

The agreement also calls for a non-partisan prime minister to be appointed within three days, along with advisers from the Houthi rebels and a southern separatist movement.

But Houthi leaders have refused to sign separate commitments on security, namely to hand back institutions they have seized and to give up their weapons.

So can Yemen’s warring parties work together to keep a troubled transition to democracy on track? And what roles will Iran, Saudi Arabia and the US play in its future?

Presenter: Nick Clark


Khaled Almaeena – editor-in-chief of the Saudi Gazette newspaper.

Adam Baron – Arab affairs analyst and freelance journalist, previously based in Yemen.

Mohamed Qubaty  – former adviser to the past three prime ministers of Yemen and former Yemeni ambassador to Lebanon and Cyprus.