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Members of al-Houthi group sit while guarding a group meeting in Sanaa September 16, 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

Aden- Houthis have taken new restrictive steps against former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, including putting new conditions for the continuity of coalition with him, Yemeni sources revealed to Asharq Al-Awsat.

Conditions consist of Saleh not holding any events, handing out some camps and approving their latest decisions.

Sources, which preferred to remain anonymous, said that Saleh al-Sammad, the chief of the so-called Supreme Political Council, summoned on Tuesday General People’s Congress general-secretary Aref al-Zoka and informed him of the Houthis’ demands so that he conveys them to the former president.

The delivered messaged included the following demand: the party not organizing any events, and considering its latest event in Al Sabeen Square the final one.

These developments coincide with a period of constant meetings for Saleh’s party (General People’s Congress) to face the updates. Also, the pro-Saleh political council held a joint meeting among leaders in the insurgent government.

In a statement, the council expressed sorrow for the deterioration in the relation between Saleh and Houthis. “Unfortunately, the General People’s Congress faced huge challenges in the sake of preserving the partnership based on previously signed deals,” added the statement.

The pro-Saleh General People’s Congress affirmed that “despite the keenness showed by the congress and allies to overcome disputes via dialogues and constant understandings, unfortunately, the breach of all partnership regulations continued.”

The statement added that “the strange thing is the planned political and media attack against the General People’s Congress represented in its leader Ali Abdullah Saleh… This campaign escalated through the mobilization and provoking even by private mass media not to mention in mosques, festivals and social media.”