Yemen Separatists Start Withdrawing From Aden in Power-Sharing Deal

STC forces are being sent to front-lines

As a power-sharing deal between the Yemeni government and the STC separatists advances, STC forces are moving out of Aden, the interim capital of the government-controlled part of the country.

Before the deal, government and STC fighters often fought over territory across South Yemen. The STC fighters will now be sent toward the front line in the Dale Province to fight the Houthis.

The power-sharing agreement between the two sides has been on hold for many months, and this may indicate new optimism that the deal might last, if the STC is willing to give up strategic territory.

Beyond ending fighting in the south, there is hope that this deal could serve as a framework for an overall peace deal in Yemen, as the Houthis have similarly been open to power-sharing as a means to end the conflict.

Author: Jason Ditz

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