Yemen Rebels and Allies Form Government, Deepening Rift

By Steve Herman
STATE DEPARTMENT — U.S. officials on Monday expressed disappointment with a move by Iran-supported rebels in Yemen to form a new “national salvation government” in that impoverished country.
“We are concerned by reports that the Houthi faction and the General Party Congress element aligned with former President [Ali Abdullah] Saleh have claimed to announce a new cabinet unilaterally, without an official foundation and without the support of the legitimate government of Yemen or the Yemeni peace process,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told VOA. “This development contravenes the commitments provided by the Houthis and the GPC element to support the U.N.-facilitated peace process.”
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