Deposed Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s political party has formally warned that they will end their partnership with the Houthi militias. In their statement, the General People’s Congress party in Sanaa accused their Houthi partners of persecuting and insulting their leaders and members. The letter, authored by the party’s Secretary-General Aref al-Zouka, was sent to the Houthi political council and described that they are being de facto ruled by their coup detat partners. Al-Zouka added that journalists and politicians loyal to them are being harassed by Houthi militiamen describing the actions as “terrorist acts” and “irresponsible”. The letter further added that there is a clear indication of a lack of desire from the Houthi’s to continue the partnership. The Secretary-General enclosed a list of 44 members of the Houthi militia and its journalists who were attacking Saleh and the leaders of his party. He stressed that these elements can not dare to write and publish without the approval of their supreme leadership. Members of the deposed party expressed their rejection of a sham or decorative partnership with the Houthis, in their first official threat to withdraw from the alliance since conflict between the two allies erupted with armed clashes in central Sanaa in August. Sources in the General People’s Congress, said that there is strong pressure on Saleh from party leaders to break the alliance with the Houthis after the increasing attacks and violations.
Mohamed Ali Al Houthi, the head of the supreme Revolutionary Council of the Houthis, admitted, in response to the interview of the former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, that there were discrepancies in the institutions under their control. Mohammed Abdul Salam, spokesman of the militias, recalled the twelve points earlier put forward by their leader. The major clause within these points is the activation of the emergency law to confront the so-called “fifth column” and the opening of recruitment in the army. Saleh had denied in his statements the existence of any differences with the Houthis. However, the debates between the deposed president and some of the leaders of Houthi militias have returned. According to Mohamed Ali al-Houthi, Houthi leaders responded to Saleh and stressed the existence of imbalances in the institutions of the “state of Sanaa”, but also called him to remedy to these predicaments through what they called a committee of scholars.
Yemen’s Former president Ali Abdullah Saleh said in an interview on Al-Yemen Al-yom television (controlled by his party) that the country’s Houthi militias feared a “coup” but that there were no longer any tensions with them. Also he said that there were fears and suspicions that the rallu would be a coup against the iran-backed hutis and said houthi leaders told him ther had been an operation against them and a GPC plot to take control of state institutions. In response, Saleh said he had sent two letters to Abdel Malek al-Houthi, head of the militia group, to reassure him. Cracks emerged in the alliance between Saleh and Houthis after the two publicly accused each other of treason. Saleh ruled Yemen with an iron fist for more than three decades before stepping down in 2012 after a bloody, year-long uprising. But Saleh retained the loyalty of some of the best-equipped units in the military and later joined forces with the Houthis, after they overran the capital in 2014.
Houthi militia decided to arrest former presidente Ali Abdullah Saleh and transfer him to Saada. That’s confirmed the militia’s decision to end the alliance with the General People’s Congress party headed by Saleh. In the last meeting of General People’s Congress, Saleh voiced the importance of working to empower military and security institutions and popular committees and volunteers’ efforts to provide security, tried to reassure its supporters and the capital’s residents and stressed for national unity. Also he recalled terms of their alliance for the partnership in managing the government in Sanaa with houthi but the past days have seen a sharp increase in tension between the allies of the coup Houthi and Saleh. Houthis militias bombed the home of a leader of Ali Abdullah Saleh’s political party, the first of its kind as tensions group between the two allies.
Former President Ali Abdullah Saleh called for committing to his partnership with Houthi militias in managing the government in Sanaa as per the terms of their alliance. Saleh recall the importance to empower military and security institutions. The General People’s Congress has tried to reassure its supporters and the capital’s residents and called on them not to allow the situation to deteriorate towards more violence. Futhermore, The party said that the last week clashes between Houthis and Saleh loyalist are dangerous and recall the importance of maintaining unity. Houthi militias and Saleh loyalist stay in Sanaa as each party is willing to confront the other in a state of caution. Saleh loyalists have taken measures to fortify themselves in south of the capital, meanwhile Houthi militias stationed their members in offensive posts north of the capital as they are on high security alert across Sanaa.