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People's power getting momentum in Yemen: Academic

Yemeni supporters of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the Houthi Ansarullah movement rally in the capital Sana’a on August 1, 2016. (Photo by AFP)


The formation of Yemen’s salvation government is an effort to keep the country away from being Balkanized, says professor of Globalization at Lethbridge University Anthony Hall.

Hall said creation of the Supreme Political Council and formation of a salvation government in Yemen was a milestone where “people’s power is showing itself.”

A tremendous display of solidarity in Sana’a, the combination of different constituencies into the unity government and the representation of five women in the national salvation government are asserting a form of “people-granted legitimacy” as opposed to money-granted legitimacy, he said, referring to a Saudi-funded regime in Yemen, which was headed by Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, the country’s president who has resigned and fled the capital.

Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement and allies have tasked a former governor of the province of Aden with forming a new government.

The official Saba news agency said on October 2 that Houthis and allies, who form the Supreme Political Council, had appointed Abdulaziz bin Habtoor as the head of the new government and asked him to form a cabinet.

The commentator also said freedom fighters and people of conscience in Yemen stood against Saudi Arabia’s plan to extend brutality of the Zio-American empire into the impoverished Arab nation.

Praising the resistance against Western hegemony and imperialism by the Yemeni fighters, Hall said this was part of a global movement of self-determination. He also urged people all over the world to follow the model of resistance, which is getting momentum in Yemen.

Western powers are supporting the Saudi aggression against Yemen, the analyst said, adding that Yemen was a place for testing the “weaponry of the Western corporations” and “all the new technology of mass murder” and destruction.

Yemen has been under almost incessant Saudi airstrikes and ground operations since March last year. The attacks, which have killed nearly 10,000 people and lack any international mandate, are meant to undermine Ansarullah and allies and restore power to Hadi.

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