On Thursday, January 22, Yemen’s President Ahmed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, along with the entire Yemeni government, resigned in the face of the continuing feud with the Houthi rebels. Several power-sharing agreements with the Houthis have already fallen through, and rebels stormed the presidential compound in Sana’a on Tuesday, clashing with security forces.
Apparently deciding that, with the Houthis effectively controlling Sana’a, Yemen was in a political deadlock, Prime Minister Khaled Bahah offered his resignation, along with that of the entire cabinet, to President Hadi. The prime minister said that their resignation came in order to “avoid being dragged into an abyss of unconstructive policies based on no law.” He continued, “We do not want to be a party to what is happening or will happen.” Shortly thereafter, Hadi himself followed suit.
This comes after months of clashes between Houthis and the government, Houthis and inland tribes, and Houthis and AQAP. Earlier, Houthi forces attempted to storm the base of the 7th Brigade in Marib province, which happens to be the source of nearly half of Yemen’s oil and electricity production. Reportedly, tribal forces in Marib drove the Houthis off.