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Houthis lift house arrest on Yemen cabinet, PM heads to Saudi Arabia

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 01:04

After two months, armed Houthis release from house arrest Yemen's former Prime Minister who is said to be on his way to Saudi Arabia and New York. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Armed Houthi militia in Yemen's capital guard the the former Prime Minister's house. After nearly two months of house arrest, they released Khaled Bahah as well as his cabinet ministers on Monday, a government spokesman said. The state news agency says Bahah has left the capital Sanaa. His government resigned in January after armed Houthis captured the presidential palace, in what they hail as a revolution against corruption and misrule. Bahah said on his Facebook page he has no intention of resuming his post. A source close to him says he's on his way to Saudi Arabia and from there would go on to new York where he his family lives. Yemen is in the midst of a power struggle. President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi escaped the capital when Houthis fanned across much of central Yemen. He's reclaimed his presidency in the port city of Aden, where he's set up a rival administration backed by Gulf neighbors who reject the Houthi takeover as a coup.

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Houthis lift house arrest on Yemen cabinet, PM heads to Saudi Arabia

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 01:04