UN Security Council to meet on Yemen crisis

2015-01-26 10:07
Houthi Shi’ite fighters wearing an army uniform ride on a pickup vehicle as they patrol a street during a demonstration to show support for their comrades in Sanaa, Yemen. (Hani Mohammed, AP)

Houthi Shi’ite fighters wearing an army uniform ride on a pickup vehicle as they patrol a street during a demonstration to show support for their comrades in Sanaa, Yemen. (Hani Mohammed, AP)

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UN - The UN Security Council will hold closed-door meetings on Monday on the crisis that has left Yemen in a political vacuum after the president and prime minister resigned, diplomats said.

Yemen's worsening political crisis has seen the president and prime minister resign over the country's deepening crisis involving a Shi’ite militia.

President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi, a key US ally in the fight against al-Qaeda's Yemeni franchise, tendered his resignation on Thursday along with Prime Minister Khalid Bahah, saying he could no longer stay in office as his country was in "total deadlock".

The Huthi militia, from the country's Shi’ite minority, overran the presidential palace last week, prompting Hadi to step down, shortly after Bahah quit. The militia has controlled most of the capital since September.

On Sunday, parliament for a second time postponed an extraordinary session that had been due to discuss Hadi's resignation.

The UN's envoy to Yemen, Moroccan diplomat Jamal Benomar, had arrived in the country on Thursday for talks with the political rivals, but they were swiftly overtaken by events.

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