Yemen's Houthi leader calls for security 'purge'

This is the first time for Houthis to hold an elaborate celebration of Shiite holidays in Sanaa

Yemen's Houthi leader calls for security 'purge'

World Bulletin/News Desk

The leader of Yemen's Shiite Houthi group called on Sunday for "purging" Yemen's army and police institutions from elements serving "foreign interests."

"The military and police apparatuses need to be purged from infiltration by criminal elements who serve foreign interests," Abdel-Malek al-Houthi said during his speech, broadcast live on al-Maseera channel, which is closely affiliated with the group.

He claimed that Yemeni security forces were informed of a deadly explosion which left 47 Houthi demonstrators dead and dozens injured in Sanaa on Thursday, going on to accuse security officials of failing to prevent the attack.

Al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen has claimed responsibility for the massive suicide bombing.

"It became clear after the explosion that security in Yemen is a card [controlled] by foreign entities, and America benefits from al-Qaeda's presence in Yemen," al-Houthi said.

Al-Houthi's speech was featured on two large screens during a massive rally held by Houthis, for the first time in Sanaa, to celebrate Shiite Eid al-Ghadeer holidays.

This is the first time for Houthis to hold an elaborate celebration of a Shiite holiday in Sanaa. Previously, group supporters only held mass rallies for Eid al-Ghadeer in the northern Saada province, which remains the Houthis' stronghold.

The Shiite group has recently taken control of Sanaa following three weeks of massive protests which prompted the resignation of prime minister Mohamed Basindawa.

Al-Houthi said during Sunday's speech that President Abd Rabbu Mansur Hadi will appoint a new "agreed-upon" premier later in the day.

Yemen has been dogged by political turmoil since pro-democracy protests forced autocratic president Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down in 2012 after 33 years in power.

 

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Ekim 2014, 16:28

Muhammed Öylek

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