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Is Yemen heading for a split?

Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has withdrawn his resignation as president and is summoning ministers to join him in Aden.

Yemen’s political landscape is shifting again as the southern city of Aden becomes the new focus of attention.
After being deposed in a coup when Houthi rebels overran his presidential palace, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi is seeking to resume his duties after escaping from the capital, Sanaa.
Hadi has withdrawn his resignation and is summoning ministers to join him in Aden, dismissing the actions of Houthi rebels as “null and illegitimate”.
He has stated that he is committed to the political process which he pledged to the people who voted him into power.
The concern now though is that this latest twist on the struggle for power will complicate the progress of UN-brokered talks, and the recently created People’s Transitional Council, aimed at guiding the country out of its political crisis.
So can Hadi make peace with Houthi rebels? Or is the country heading for a split?
Presenter: Sami Zeidan

Mohammed Qubaty – Member of Yemen’s National Dialogue Conference.
Abdul Ghani Al-Iryani – Vice president of the Khobara Center, a think-tank that focuses on economic and development issues.
Peter Salisbury – Former consultant on Yemen for Chatham House.