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Anti-Houthi protest in Yemen as former leader escapes house arrest

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 00:51

Yemenis protest against the Houthi militia who overturned the government and demand the release of their former president, whom sources say has escaped house arrest. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Protesters marched through the streets of Sanaa on Saturday (February 21) to express their discontent with the Houthi militia who overturned the Yemeni government last month. The protesters demanded the release of former president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who had been under house arrest imposed by the Houthis at his official residence. But Hadi escaped house arrested on Saturday, fleeing to his home town of Aden, sources close to him said. Hadi resigned last month in protest against the Houthis but his resignation was never formally accepted by the parliament, so his status remains unclear. He is expected to make a speech later on Saturday. Hadi's flight to Aden follows an agreement between Yemen's rival factions on Friday, brokered by the United Nations, to set up a transitional council that keeps the parliament in place and gives a voice to some other groups. The Houthis stormed the presidential palace and Hadi's private residence in late January. The Houthis, who said they were taken unaware by Hadi's flight from the capital, have now called an urgent meeting of the cabinet in Sanaa's presidential palace, a government official said.

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Anti-Houthi protest in Yemen as former leader escapes house arrest

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 00:51