Yemeni minister says separatist leader ‘fomenting sedition’

The conflict started in 2014 when the rebels captured the capital, Sanaa, and expelled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s government, which is now based in the south.

8 August 2019 | 12:49

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 8 August 2019 | 12:49

A Houthi rebel fighter fires in the air during a gathering aimed at mobilizing more fighters for the their movement, in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (AP Photo)

CAIRO: Yemen’s interior minister says a leader of the southern separatist moment is “fomenting sedition” by calling on followers to topple the country’s internationally recognized government.

The minister, Ahmed El-Meseery, said in a statement late Wednesday that the call by Hani Ben Braik, deputy head of the so-called Southern Transitional Council, only serves rebel Houthis.

Yemen’s government forces have been at war with the Houthis, who control the north, since 2015.

The conflict started in 2014 when the rebels captured the capital, Sanaa, and expelled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s government, which is now based in the south.

Southern Yemen is also the base of separatists. An online video shows Ben Braik calling on Yemenis to march on the presidential palace in the southern city of Aden and topple Hadi’s government.

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