Even as the war in Yemen continues in the western parts of the country, there is a second war happening in the eastern and southern parts.
In the west, along the Red Sea coast, the Saudi-led Arab coalition continues to fight to restore the legitimate Yemeni government to power and remove the Houthi rebels from Sanaa. That endeavour has been complicated by extensive support from the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and forces loyal to him, and from Iran. In the past week, the Houthis and Mr Saleh’s factions announced they would form a new “government”, called the Supreme Political Council. This group has no democratic mandate, nor is it clear if it has any popular support. It has simply been enforced on those parts of Yemen that remain controlled by the Houthi rebels.
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