Yemen’s Houthis Dissolve Parliament, Take Full Power

Houthi fighters guard Yemen’s presidential palace in San’a on Friday. PHOTO: REUTERS

Yemen’s powerful Shi’ite rebels finalized their takeover of the country Friday, announcing they have dissolved parliament and are establishing a new presidential council to run Yemeni affairs.

In a televised statement, the Houthi militia said it was also forming a 551-member national council to replace parliament.

Yemen has been mired in political turmoil for months, in addition to instability caused by the al-Qaida branch in the country.

Last month, Houthi rebels took over the residence of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, prompting him and his Cabinet to resign.

The failure of a truce between the Houthi militia and the government of the U.S.-backed Hadi sparked reports that Washington would suspend counterterrorism operations in Yemen until the situation stabilized…

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