MOSCOW, September 21 (RIA Novosti) - The prime minister of Yemen Mohammed Salim Basindawa has resigned amid riots that have swept the capital of the country, AFP reported Sunday.
According to the news agency, Basindawa stepped down in connection with the country's President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi's "autocratic" form of rule.
Due to the disorder, the authorities in Yemen were forced to shut down the airport in Sana'a, the capital of the country, along with other educational and public establishments.
It is reported that the protesters have seized government buildings.
Shiites have been protesting against the incumbent government since mid-August.
Hundreds of residents were forced to flee the capital of the country for fear of escalation in violence. A curfew was imposed Saturday in four areas of Sana'a due to the riots.
It is reported that the violence had claimed the lives of 20 people.
In addition to demands that the current government resign, Shiites insist on bringing back the fuel subsidies that would support the disadvantaged stratum of the population.