(AA) – Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi on Monday accused the Shiite Houthi movement of trying to forcibly impose the “Twelver” school of Shiite Islam on Yemen – in coordination with Iran – through meeting with tribal leaders, a source has said.
“President Hadi made it clear that the Houthis are trying to impose the Twelver Shiite school, in coordination with Iran, through the use of force,” a tribal source who attended a meeting between Hadi and Shabwah tribal elders, told The Anadolu Agency.
“The Houthis promised Iran, after the culmination of the national dialogue, to derail the results of the dialogue,” the source, requesting anonymity, quoted Hadi as saying.
“Yemen’s 25 million people will not stand for Houthi tactics that continue to wave slogans of death,” Hadi said, adding that ongoing protests across the country confirmed his assertions.
Last month, Hadi fled to Aden, escaping a Houthi-imposed house arrest in Sanaa.
Yemen’s Houthis emerged as a formidable political and military force last September when they assumed control of capital Sanaa before establishing control over other parts of the country as well.
Last month, the Houthis issued what they described as a constitutional declaration dissolving parliament and establishing a 551-member transitional council.
The declaration was, however, rejected by most of Yemen’s political forces – along with some neighboring Gulf countries – which described it as a “coup against constitutional legitimacy.”
Fractious Yemen has remained in a state of turmoil since pro-democracy protests forced autocratic president Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down in 2012 after 33 years in power.