Yemenis divided over capital: Can Aden replace Sana’a?

Published:  Middle East Eye, March 20, 2015

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SANAA – Dark clouds filled the early morning skies and empty streets en route to Sanaa’s International Airport.

After a security check at one of the points, Mohammed Ahmed, a young taxi driver warned that: “Mahfish hakuma”. This translates to, “No government, [only Houthis]” and is a pretty accurate reflection of things in parts of the Yemeni capital at present.

The Houthis, a Shiite militia, first stormed the capital back in September 2014 when they forced President Abd Rabbuh Manṣur Hadi to backtrack on economic reforms and fire his prime minister. While the UN-backed peace deal called for the Houthis to withdraw, they have continued to hold sway in the capital.

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