Houthi control of Sanaa forces Yemen president to pray 'indoors'

Prayer leader Akram al-Ruqeihi called on Yemen's political forces to implement the deal to spare the country chaos and conflicts.

Houthi control of Sanaa forces Yemen president to pray 'indoors'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Shiite Houthi control of Yemeni capital Sanaa has forced Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi to perform the Eid al-Adha prayers inside his presidential compound.

State-run television broadcast image of Hadi and senior government officials performing the prayers inside the fortified compound in Sanaa.

Sanaa fell in the hands of the Houthis last month following almost three weeks of protests and clashes with Yemeni troops.

Days earlier, Hadi – faced with massive pro-Houthi demonstrations that paralyzed the capital – had signed a deal with the group's leadership aimed at ending the political standoff.

The deal called for the formation of a new government; the appointment of a nonpartisan prime minister; and the appointment of a Houthi adviser to the president.

Prayer leader Akram al-Ruqeihi called on Yemen's political forces to implement the deal to spare the country chaos and conflicts.

The Muslim Eid al-Adha feast started in Yemen on Saturday.

Yemen has been dogged by political turmoil since the 2012 ouster of longtime ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 04 Ekim 2014, 09:47
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