Thousands of rebel fighters loyal to Zaidi tribal leaders have taken to the Yemeni capital city of Sanaa today, shoring up a growing force of activists and fighters demanding the ouster of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
Though Yemen is majority Sunni and dominated by Sunni officials, the Zaidi are Shi’ites, and make up the majority of the nation’s northwest, including the area around the capital city.
Leaders of the Zaidi protest have been building solid walls around their protest camps, anticipating the usual violent crackdowns that come any time there is a push for regime change in Yemen.
President Hadi, “elected” in 2012 in an election in which no other candidates were allowed and “no” votes were similarly unacceptable, has suggested some sort of “unity” cabinet to solve the dispute, though the Zaidi are continuing to push for a fresh election, ideally with actual choices involved.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Officials Spar Over State Dept's $1 Million Venezuela Scheme - December 10th, 2017
- In Pushing Saudis on Yemen Aid, US Warns About Losing Congressional Support - December 10th, 2017
- As US-Russia Tensions Rise, 1987 Nuke Treaty in Jeopardy - December 10th, 2017
- Syrian Army, Allies Advance Against Rebel-Held Idlib - December 10th, 2017
- Protests Across Middle East Against Trump's Jerusalem Declaration - December 8th, 2017