Yemen’s President & Cabinet Resign, USA Removing Embassy Staff
Yahoo reports that
President Abed Rabbo Hadi, a U.S. ally in its campaign against Yemen’s local al-Qaida branch, stepped down Thursday with his Cabinet over the pressures by Houthi rebels who demanded a bigger share of government power. A faction of southerners, who oppose the Shiite power grab and live in what was a separate country until 1990, have seized the opportunity to press their case for independence.
In Sanaa, which Houthis seized during their offensive in September, thousands of supporters converged on the capital’s airport road. They raised green flags and banners proclaiming their slogan — “Death to America, death to Israel, a curse on the Jews and victory to Islam” — a variation of a popular Iranian slogan often chanted by Shiite militants in Iraq and supporters of Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
The USA has started to stand down in Yemen as more staff has been recalled and operations look like they are wrapping up. The coming a day after the Saudi Arabian King Abdullah died adding to an already chaotic middle east power vacuum.