SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- Yemen’s Ansarullah movement has rejected the country’s new government and demands changes to the cabinet line-up.
The Shia movement, also known as the Houthis, rejected the newly-formed government of Prime Minister Khaled Bahah on Saturday.
“This cabinet is disappointing and did not adhere to the agreed criteria of the peace and national partnership agreement,” read a part of an Ansarullah statement.
The Shia movement called for the replacement of a number of newly-appointed ministers on the grounds of corruption and lacking qualification.
Earlier on Saturday, Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi was dismissed from his post as deputy chairman and secretary general of his party, the General People’s Congress (GPC), following accusations of backing UN sanctions against his predecessor, Ali Abdullah Saleh.
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.
The new 37-member cabinet, including Prime Minster Khaled Bahah, was announced by Hadi on Friday, following an agreement with Ansarullah revolutionaries.
On November 2, Yemen’s main political parties, including the Ansarullah revolutionaries, signed a UN-brokered truce deal in a bid to put an end to the political crisis crippling the country.
The revolutionaries have driven al-Qaeda militants out of many areas in the country. They also played a major role in the ouster of the country’s longtime dictator Saleh in 2012.