Presstv: Yemen revolutionaries celebrate deal with government

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SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) – Yemen’s revolutionaries have staged mass celebrations in the capital, Sana’a, to mark a deal with the government.

On Monday, reports said that similar victory rallies were organized in other parts of the country.

The Houthi protesters have hailed the agreement as a great achievement. They hope that the deal would finally put an end to their grievances.

According to Yemeni officials, 340 people were killed in week-long clashes between Ansarullah fighters of the Shia Houthi movement and Salafi militants backed by Major General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, who is former dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh’s half-brother, in the country’s capital.

The Houthis have long complained of being marginalized in the Arab country.

The deal was signed on Sunday by a delegation from the Ansarullah movement and government representatives in the presence of Jamal Benomar, a UN envoy in Yemen, and Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi at the presidential palace in the capital.

Benomar said the deal calls for the establishment of a government of technocrats within a month.

Ansarullah activists have been staging demonstrations in the capital for more than a month, demanding the formation of a new government.

Yemen’s Shia Houthi movement draws its name from the tribe of its founding leader Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi.

The Houthi movement played a key role in the popular revolution that forced the ex-dictator to step down.

Saleh, who ruled Yemen for 33 years, stepped down in February 2012 under a US-backed power transfer deal in return for immunity, after a year of mass street demonstrations demanding his ouster.

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