president appoints two Houthi presidential advisers

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)-Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi has appointed two advisers – representing the Houthi group and southern separatists – as part of a deal to resolve the country’s lingering political crisis, a government source has said.

“President Hadi has issued a presidential decree appointing Ali al-Sammad and Yassin Makkawi as his presidential advisers in line with the deal with the Houthis,” the source told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday.

Following days of deadly clashes with army troops, Houthi militants this week managed to seize control of most of Sanaa’s state institutions, including the cabinet building, parliament headquarters and Defense Ministry headquarters.

On Sunday, Hadi signed a deal with the Houthi leadership to end weeks of tension in the capital.

The deal calls for the formation of a new government within three days; the appointment of a non-partisan prime minister; and the appointment of a Houthi adviser to the president.

Yemen has been dogged by political instability since the 2012 ouster of longtime ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh.

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