MOSCOW, November 2 (RIA Novosti) — Political rivals in Yemen, signed an agreement on Saturday that authorizes the President and the Prime Minister to form a new government to end political crisis.
Representatives of the Houthi rebels and their political opponents, the Sunni Islamist Islah party in particular, signed the deal, authorizing Yemeni Prime Minister Khaled Bahah, together with President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to appoint new ministers, according to Al Jazeera.
Yemen has seen intense clashes between the Houthis and the opposing tribes and al-Qaeda-linked fighters in major towns and cities over the recent weeks.
On Saturday the Houthis attacked the Islamist Islah Party, Yemen's biggest Sunni party and their major political rival, in Ibb province, killing four guards and detaining 25 supporters of the party, according to Al Jazeera.
The Houthis, or the Ansarullah, are the main opposition force in Yemen. The Shiite group has been carrying out protests in the country since mid-August, demanding the resignation of the Yemeni government, which they say is corrupt and marginalizes the Shiite community in the country.
Mass protests were fueled by the government's announcement of a sharp rise in fuel prices with a view to curb its budget deficit.
Houthi militias have taken over a number of key Yemeni cities and towns, including areas of the capital Sanaa.