Yemen's Political Limbo Continues with Al Houthi's ‘Unconstitutional’ Declaration

A cartoon by Samer Al Shameri summing up the negotiations in Yemen

A cartoon by Samer Al Shameri summing up the negotiations in Yemen

After Yemen's uncertainty being in political limbo for weeks, the Houthi militia, who took over the capital Sana'a and forced President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi and the cabinet to resign last month, announced today that they would dissolve parliament, placing their security and intelligence arm, known as the “Supreme Revolutionary Committee (SRC),” as the ruler of Yemen.

Yemen has been without formal leadership since January 22. Houthi leaders held a three-day national conference, which ended last Sunday, February 1 by giving political factions in Yemen three days to reach an agreement to fill the political vacuum or they would take over.

Yemeni journalist Mohammed Al Qadi tweeted:

As no agreement was reached, the ultimatum was followed by a three-day extension which expired today at 4 p.m. Yemen time, with the announcement of the so called “Constitutional Declaration”. The Houthis dissolved parliament replacing it with a Transitional National Council (TNC) of 551 members, a Presidential Council of five members to be elected by the TNC and subject to approval by the SRC, within a two-year transitional period. The full terms of the declaration was televised from the Republican palace, and translated to English by Haykal Bafana:

These were the initial reactions.

Hisham Al-Omeisy tweeted in dismay:

Nadwa Dawsary highlighted who clearly seems to be in charge:

Sama Al-Hamdani pointed to the military backing that Houthi seem to be enjoying:

Journalist Hakim Almasmari tweeted what he had forseen:

Former Minister of Information, Nadia Al-Sakkaf tweeted:

Haykal Bafanaa tweeted some realpolitik advice:

Meanwhile Hussain Al-Bukhaiti tweeted:

He added:

While there were celebratory fireworks after the declaration as tweeted by Yemen Updates:

Nasser Maweri tweeted there were opposing demonstrations elsewhere:

Journalist Peter Salisbary sarcastically tweets:

Yemenis anticipate at some point a showdown between ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the Houthis, whom appear to be currently working out a partnership.

Yemen Updates tweeted:

Jamal Badr tweeted a chart leading to the ultimate showdown, which some anticipate:

Life goes on for Yemenis despite the political chaos as highlighted in this article by the New York Times:

Difficult is just how life is in Yemen, yesterday, today and every day. It does not matter that the president and his cabinet have resigned, that the government has not functioned for weeks, or that the gunmen in control of the streets say they plan to set up a new regime to their own liking.
Families have always had to struggle to get through their days in a country where the government has long been incapable of delivering essential services.


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