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Yemen's Houthi announce governing council


Yemen’s two dominant political movements have announced a 10-member governing council, pushing ahead with plans to run the country, as U.N.-sponsored peace talks ended without a deal.

The announcement comes as a retaliation of the fresh offensive launched by the internationally-recognised President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to try to capture the capital Sanaa from the Iran-allied Houthis.

In a brief ceremony in the capital Sanaa, the General People’s Congress (GPC) member, Sheikh Hussein Hazeb announced the names of 10 officials who would comprise the political committee which would run the country.

Both parties would rotate the position of president and vice president, who will be chosen from within the committee.

The members of the movement are now calling for a mass rally to show support for the new council.

“We call on the Yemeni people to come out in mass rallies in all the squares and streets so they can all join into one mass rally in the capital Sanaa in a show of support for this historic agreement and to support this higher council.”

The U.N. envoy to Yemen has slammed the proposal saying it gravely violated the U.N. Security Council’s resolutions on how to solve the conflict and warned the warring parties against any unilateral actions.

The fighting in Yemen has killed more than 6,400 people, half of them civilians, and created a humanitarian crisis.

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