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Yemeni PM resigns amid deadly clashes

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Sana’a, Sep 21 :

Yemeni Prime Minister Mohammed Basindawa resigned Sunday amid week-long deadly clashes between the army and Shia rebels here in the capital, a government official said.

Yemeni Prime Minister Mohammed Basindawa
Yemeni Prime Minister Mohammed Basindawa

Basindawa has informed the president and the Shia Houthi group about his resignation, Xinhua quoted the official as saying on condition of anonymity.

President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi had Sep 2 announced a peace initiative, in which he promised to replace the government and appoint a new prime minister within a week, in order to end mass protests led by the Shia Houthi group.

However, the rebels rejected the initiative and launched a military offensive against the army and the Sunni Islah party, a key player in the government.

Hadi’s decision also sparked a spat in the government and the prime minister refused to resign earlier this month.

(IANS)