After months of tightening their grip, Houthi rebels have asserted their political control of Yemen.

The group has proclaimed a formal takeover, hailing what it called a "new era that will take Yemen to safe shores".

The Houthis say they intend to set up a 551-member national council to replace the existing parliament.

A five-member presidential council will then form a transitional government for two years.

But will the takeover help restore stability - or fuel further chaos?

Presenter: Folly Bah Thibault


Hisham Al-Omeisy - Political activist and co-founder of Yemen's newly established Al Wattan Party

Abubakr Al-Shamahi - Journalist at Al-Araby Al-Jadeed and editor of

Sarah Jamal - Sociologist and researcher of Transitional Justice

Source: Al Jazeera