Yemen’s former Aden governor, who has declared a council that seeks secession for southern Yemen, said a referendum on independence would be announced soon. Aidaroos Al-Zubaidi, who governed Yemen’s main southern city of Aden until he was sacked by President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in April, made his announcement during an interview with a local news channel. Al-Zubaidi announced on May 11 the new council formed by senior tribal, military and political figures. The council seeks the secession of southern Yemen and is looking to establish a political leadership under his presidency that would represent and administer the south. The move threatens more turmoil in the impoverished country where the internationally recognized government is forced to sit in Aden because Houthi rebels control the capital Sanaa. Hadi’s government has rejected the formation of the council, saying it would deepen divisions and play into the hands of the Houthi rebels.