SANAA (AFP) – Yemen’s president is expected to appoint a new prime minister within 48 hours under a new deal with Shiite rebels in return for ending their weeks-long protests, a source close to the presidency said Thursday.
“An accord was reached… late on Wednesday” to end the country’s latest political impasse, by which “a new prime minister will be named within 48 hours” and fuel prices will be further cut, the source said.
President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi already promised in an initiative rejected by the Huthis earlier this month to name a new prime minister.
The rebels had been demanding Hadi to consult them before naming a new prime minister and it was unclear if this has been agreed on in the overnight accord.
In return, the rebels have agreed to “dismantle their protest camps and pull their armed men” from Sanaa and its surroundings, the presidency source added.
Shiite Huthi activists launched their protest campaign in late July after the government announced a hike in fuel prices.
Based on the latest agreement, the increase will be reviewed down by over 50 per cent, up from the 30 percent decrease on the rise which took effect last week.
Since August 18, the rebels set up camps in Sanaa and this week they escalated their movement.