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Houthis in Race against Time to Legitimatize Coup | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Yemen’s ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Reuters

Jeddah-Houthis, along with their strategic ally, ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh, are in a race against time to legitimatize the coup in Yemen, especially after the failure of Kuwait talks and the return of Saudi-led Arab coalition forces to destroy Houthi strongholds and arms depots in a number of cities controlled by Houthis.

After Houthis announced the establishment of a political council to run the country, the ousted President hastened to call the Council of Representatives to convene next week and vote for the formation of the Supreme Political Council; regardless of the number of lawmakers present.

In addition to that, Yemeni rebels on Tuesday decided to assign a number of governors in some cities, including the capital Sana’a, and a number of Houthi leaders were granted senior posts.

Houthis destroyed data and confidential information for a number of government agencies headquartered in Sana’a. They also employed a great number of their loyal supporters in Police sector in addition to the telecommunications sector and the Ministry of Finance.

Observers fear that the houthi militia will be able to tamper with major institutions in the state if the insurgents refuse to vote for the establishment of the political council, especially that Houthis have intentionally destroyed many of the state’s major data records.

Political Analyst Ibrahim Al Merei told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that since the beginning of the coup, Houthis and their ousted President proved that they are not serious regarding the peace process, which confirms that they only know how to wage wars and be hostile.

Al Merei added that all procedures taken by the militia to seek legitimatizing its coup violate all local and international regulations.

He said that Houthis announce such procedures in order to stress their illegal stance.