Bin Buraik: 'If not for southern forces, coalition would not have been able to free an inch of the land'
Yemeni political parties reject STC’s self-administration of southern Yemen
Yemen’s National Alliance of Political Parties (NAPP), a group of parties loyal to the internationally recognized government, has condemned the declaration of self-administration in Yemen’s south by the Southern Transitional Council (STC).
In a statement released Monday, NAPP – which consists of 17 Yemeni political parties – called the announcement of self-administration of the south an “outright rebellion against the state and an infringement on the president's powers..."
The group said that by declaring self-administration amid intensifying attacks by the Houthis on several fronts, the STC has benefited the Houthis.
The national alliance called on Saudi Arabia to do more to support the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement, which seeks to incorporate the STC into the internationally recognized government. Four of the 17 parties did not sign on to the statement released on Monday.
The leader of the STC, Hani Bin Buraik, tweeted in response to a news article that quoted an Aden resident who said the Saudi-led coalition would guarantee no fighting in the city.
"If it were not for the southern forces, you would not have been able to roam Aden safely, and the coalition would not have been able to free an inch of the land," Bin Buraik said.
Edited by Ahlam Mohsen and Casey Coombs