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Yemen Parliament Recommends Drafting Law to Blacklist Houthis

Yemen Parliament Recommends Drafting Law to Blacklist Houthis

Wednesday, 17 April, 2019 - 06:00
Protesters hold up a poster of Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi during a rally in Taiz, Yemen, October 4, 2018. (Reuters)
Seiyun, Riyadh – Abulhadi Habtor and Asharq Al-Awsat

The Yemeni parliament recommended on Tuesday that the legitimate government draft a bill that blacklists the Iran-backed Houthi militias as a terrorist organization.

The parliament, which convened for the first time since 2014, concluded on Tuesday a four-day extraordinary session and is expected to meet again after the holy month of Ramadan.

Meeting in the eastern city of Seiyun in Hadramaut, lawmakers declared null and void all Houthi resolutions and measures taken at state institutions falling in areas under their control. The legislature criminalized all acts committed by the coupists, saying the Houthi militias were a terrorist armed gang that has usurped power.

They added that parliament will hold open-ended sessions to carry out its constitutional and legal duties, end the coup and restore the authority of the state.

They also underscored the three references as the basis for a political solution to the Yemen crisis. The references are the Gulf initiative, national dialogue outcomes and United Nations Security Council resolution 2216.

The MPs expressed their gratitude to the Saudi-led Arab coalition to restore legitimacy in Yemen for saving the Yemeni people from the Houthi militias and for offering generous and relief and humanitarian aid.

They rejected all suspicious attempts aimed at tarnishing the image of the alliance, calling on its member states to continue to stand by Yemen and support its legitimate political, economic and military forces.

Moreover, they recommended that no new consultations be held between the government and Houthis before the complete implementation of the Sweden deal on Hodeidah, which was reached in December 2018.

The government must set a deadline for the militias to withdraw from Hodeidah and hand it to local authorities. All military forces must remain on alert to continue the effort to liberate Hodeidah should the deadline end and the Houthis remain uncompliant, they said.

They also condemned the militias’ repeated attacks against Saudi Arabia, such as their firing of missiles and launching of drones towards the Kingdom in order to harm its security and stability.

They called on the international community to assume its duties in supporting the legitimacy in confronting the Houthis and imposing sanctions on powers that back the militias, starting with the regime in Iran.

The parliament also approved the 2019 public budget and tasked a committee to follow up on its implementation.

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