On Saturday, Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi called on the regional and international community to support his government politically and economically to alleviate the suffering of the people that he has been experiencing for nearly seven years.
This came in a speech to the Yemeni people, on the occasion of the 59th anniversary of the September 26 revolution, which overthrew the Imamate regime in 1962 and established republican rule in northern Yemen, published by the official news agency “Saba”.
Hadi said: “Despite the suffering and severe conditions inflicted on our people as a result of the Houthi coup, we are called upon to unite more and more to defeat it and thwart its diabolical project.”
He called on “the regional and international community to support and back the Yemeni government politically and economically so that it can perform its tasks and relieve the citizen of the great burdens that he has become as a result of the tampering of the hateful militias (in reference to the Houthi group).”
In a related context, the National Alliance of Yemeni parties and the anti-Houthi forces called on the leadership of the state represented by the presidency and the government to “double efforts to strengthen the positive aspects and get rid of shortcomings and negative gaps.”
The coalition, which includes 16 parties supporting legitimacy, said in a statement on the occasion of the 59th anniversary of the September revolution, that the presidency and the government “must adopt a new approach and path at the political, military and economic levels to end the failures and achieve the requirements of transformation.”
He stressed, “the necessity of arming the army with qualitative weapons through arms deals from brotherly and friendly countries to liberate the areas controlled by the Houthis, in a way that makes peace, not war, a necessity for the Houthis and their supporters.”
The coalition stressed, “the need to complete the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement, in its military, security and political aspects, without delay, in a way that enables the government to return to the interim capital, Aden.”
He renewed the call for the United Nations, all the international system, relevant organizations and the UN envoy to Yemen, to “accommodate what he described as the nature of the Houthi movement and its violent and extremist approach.”
The coalition condemned “the Houthi military escalation in a number of provinces, and considered its timing an announcement of the goals of the rebellion to eliminate the republic, the achievements of the September and October revolutions, and a challenge to the feelings of all Yemenis.”
On Thursday, the Houthi group announced the completion of its control over the central province of Al-Bayda, adjacent to the Shabwa and Marib governorates, which are controlled by the legitimate government.
During the last five days, the Houthi group militarily escalated in the east of the country, and took control of two districts west of Shabwa governorate and another in the south of Ma’rib governorate.
For nearly 7 years, Yemen has been witnessing a war that has claimed 233,000 lives, and 80 percent of the population of about 30 million people have become dependent on aid due to the economic crisis in the country to survive.