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Ansarullah slams UN Security Council stance on Yemen presidential council as cheap stunt

This file photo shows a general view of the United Nations Security Council. (Photo by Reuters)

Yemen’s popular Ansarullah resistance movement has sharply criticized the UN Security Council for welcoming the transfer of power last week from fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, to a new presidential council, stating that Yemeni people view the world body’s move as a cheap stunt.

“It is not surprising that the UN Security Council welcomes the Saudi-crafted transfer of power from Hadi to [the Chairman of the new presidential council] Rashad al-Alimi, as it is ready to welcome any ruler installed by the Riyadh regime for Yemen, even if he is declared insane or incompetent,” Abdul Malik al-Ajri, a senior Ansarullah official, wrote in a series of posts published on his Twitter page on Thursday.

He added, “Since 2011, legitimacy in their view is a matter decided by outsiders; and Saudi Arabia is specifically regarded as the legitimate guardian [of Yemen] irrespective of Yemenis’ will.”

“The position, which is trying to divest the Yemeni nation of its sovereign rights, and falsify popular will not be met by our people other than with contempt.

“Yemeni people, backed by their army and Popular Committees, will continue its national struggle in order to prove its legitimacy and restore its full sovereign rights,” Ajri pointed out.

On Wednesday, the UN Security Council welcomed the transfer of power from Hadi to a newly created presidential leadership council that includes a broader array of political representatives.

It asserted that the development would enhance stability in Yemen and the prospects of an inclusive, Yemeni-led political peace settlement under the auspices of the United Nation. This came following a truce, which was announced on April 2 at the start of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

The Security Council said the three-day visit to Sana’a by Hans Grundberg, the UN’s special envoy for Yemen, which concluded on Wednesday, was his first since he was appointed to the post in August last year.

It called on the Sana’a-based National Salvation Government to work with the envoy and engage with his efforts to achieve a permanent ceasefire and negotiate an inclusive political settlement.

Last week, Hadi delegated power to a presidential council and dismissed his deputy.

“With this declaration, a presidential leadership council shall be established to complete the implementation of the tasks of the transitional period. I irreversibly delegate to the presidential leadership council my full powers,” Hadi declared in a televised speech.

Hadi also sacked the vice-president, Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, a powerful military figure, and delegated Ahmar’s powers to the presidential council.

The presidential council is chaired by Rashad al-Alimi, an adviser to Hadi and a former interior minister in the former government of Ali Abdullah Saleh. Alimi enjoys close ties with Saudi Arabia as well as the al-Qaeda-linked Islah party inside Yemen.

The council has seven members, including Aidarus al-Zoubaidi, the head of the separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) – an umbrella group of heavily armed Takfiri militants propped up by the United Arab Emirates.

Sheikh Sultan al-Aradah, the pro-Hadi governor of energy-rich Ma’rib province, was also named a member of the council. So was Tariq Saleh, a high-profile militant commander who has close ties with the UAE.

Saudi Arabia launched the devastating war against Yemen in March 2015 in collaboration with a number of its allies and with arms and logistics support from the US and several Western states.

The objective was to bring back to power the Hadi regime and crush the Ansarullah resistance movement, which has been running state affairs in the absence of an effective government in Yemen.

The war has stopped well short of all of its goals, despite killing hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and turning the entire country into the scene of what UN describes as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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