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Houthis call for boycotting early Yemeni presidential elections

 
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The Houthi Group in northern Yemen called on Friday on the Yemeni people to boycott the upcoming presidential elections, scheduled for February 21, considering it a part of USA devised proposal aimed to derail and fail the Yemeni revolution.

 

 

The statement came only a day following the US ambassador Gerald Feierstein has expected the elections to be a success in an interview with the state-owned 26 September.

"Since the elections has only a sole candidate why then wasting the public funds and hold elections, whose outcome is already known, " local media sources quoted al-Houthi spokesman as saying.

They called the elections a sham and a mockery of Yemeni people mentality, calling on their followers and what they called free citizens to abstain from participation.

Shiite and Sunni clashes have erupted in the last couple of months between al-Houthis and Sunni tribesmen in the northern provinces of Hajjah and Saddah, leaving scores killed, displacing more than 1000 families and aggravating ah already catastrophic humanitarian crisis.

 

Houthis have fought six wars against government forces since 2004, leaving thousands killed from the two sides.

Yemeni government has directly accused Iran of backing Shiite sect of al-Houthis in 2008 and the relationships between the two countries have ever since downgraded.

 

Iran backs Shiites Muslims worldwide and the converse is true when it comes to Saudi Arabia, which supports Sunnis.

Following months of delaying tactics and political maneuvering, Ali Abdullah Saleh has signed a deal under which he transferred power to Vice President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi, the consensus candidate for the forthcoming presidential elections, in exchange for immunity from power.

Hadi, a military general, is going to lead Yemen in the two-year transitional period, in which a new constitution will be drafted, in line with Gulf Cooperation Council-brokered deal signed in November in the Saudi capital of Riyadh.

 

 

 

 

 


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