Riyadh- Contradictory statements of Houthi and Saleh militias have reflected the deep dispute between the coup parties in Yemen.
Yemen’s former president Ali Abdullah Saleh denied on Monday any tension between his party (General People’s Congress) and Houthis. Muhammad Ali al-Houthi, the head of the Revolutionary Committee, however, put a condition of forming a committee of wise men in case Saleh wishes to settle the disputes between the coup parties.
Further, humanitarian organizations monitored Houthi militias arresting of pro-Saleh supporters – some were seen removing Saleh posters following orders of Houthi leaders.
Vice Premier and Minister of Civil Service Abdulaziz al-Jabari stated that the Yemeni developments unveil deep disputes among insurgents no matter how much they endeavor to conceal them – he added that both parties adopt different programs: one dreams to return to authority and the other executes the Iranian regime approach and practices a sectarian program in the country.
“Implementing wilayat al-faqih in Yemen is against the will of Yemeni people who believe in coexistence, peace and removing discrimination, and see that reaching the authority occurs via democracy and elections,” Jabari told Asharq Al-Awsat.
He added that Houthi militias want to control Yemeni territory while the ousted president wants to maintain his condition and popularity to guarantee his position in any potential political settlement.
Journalist Waddah al-Jaleel said that, “Houthis are aware that Saleh is fully ready to sell them out in any political deal with the other parties. Therefore, they want to besiege him and eradicate his force, if not get rid him of him before he sells them out. In this way they become representatives of the Zaidiyyah geography being fought over.”