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Yemen's Houthi leader says wants peaceful transfer of power

Reuters , Tuesday 27 Jan 2015
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Yemen's Houthi leader said on Tuesday his group was seeking a peaceful transfer of power after the resignation of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, and called on all Yemeni factions to work together to find a way out of the crisis.

Abdel-Malek al-Houthi also warned against allowing Yemen to be pushed to collapse and said that consultations were proceeding under United Nations auspices to resolve the country's standoff.

Hadi resigned last Thursday, days after Houthi rebels battled their way into his presidential palace and private residence, plunging the country deeper into chaos and depriving Washington of a key ally against al Qaeda.

Describing Hadi's resignation as a "manoeuvre", Houthi said political parties, with U.N. support, have been holding consultations to bring about a "peaceful transfer of power".

"We are seeking a peaceful transfer of power on the basis of partnership," Abdel-Malek said in a speech broadcast on the group's al-Maseerah television. He added that resolutions made during nearly a year of national dialogue talks organised by Hadi in 2013 and an agreement signed after the Houthis captured Sanaa last September would also be the basis for any agreement.

"Let everyone go towards cooperation instead of clashing, arguing and wrestling."

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