Yemeni Govt, Southern Separatists Sign New Deal, Will Withdraw From Aden

Southern capital to be withdrawn from in 3 weeks

An agreement was reached Thursday on a new deal between Yemen’s Hadi government and the separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) to implement a Saudi unity deal. The first step will be evacuating military forces from Aden.

The new agreement would have all fighters from both factions withdraw from Aden within three weeks, and also demands the STC withdraw from Abyan and Shabwa Provinces. At times last year, the STC controlled all that territory.

The unity deal was meant to give the STC positions within the Yemeni government in return for putting aside calls for separatism until after the end of the current Yemen War. The STC pulled out of the deal previously because the Hadi government refused to meet power-sharing deals.

That’s likely to remain a problem, as the Hadi government’s leadership has expressed opposition to the very idea they should have to share power with any other factions, since they were the nominally elected government in 2012, and have repeatedly prevented any free elections since.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.