On Saturday, the Houthi militants currently controlling Yemen released the president of the country from his house arrest, as part of an apparent political deal between the feuding parties in the country.
Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi the President of Yemen left his residence Saturday morning. He had been confined there by Houthis since January 22 when he resigned under pressure along with his entire cabinet.
As soon as he was freed, Hadi departed immediately for Aden where he is from in the southern region of Yemen.
Traveling on land in a large convoy of dozens of large vehicles, Hadi reached his destination by Saturday afternoon and moved into the city’s presidential palace.
An official with the United Nations said Houthi militants controlling Sana and most of northern Yemen and now dominate the police and military, allowed Hadi to pass through unarmed.
The United Nations Security Council demanded Hadi’s release last week in a resolution, which called for the other cabinet members to be released as well, most of whom are also under house arrest since they resigned with Hadi.
It is still unknown if the cabinet members, including the Prime Minister were released from Hadi’s home on Saturday as well, although in early February the defense and interior ministers and some key officers in intelligence from Hadi’s government joined with the Houhtis in an attempt to establish a new government.
A separate official from the UN speaking anonymously said that the release of Hadi had been accepted by the Houthis after a mediated, interim agreement had been reached with the help of the UN between other political factions and the Houthis.
This agreement set the foundation for establishing a national council, with the existing parliament and a new interim council, which could pass legislation that, is aimed at making a transition to another new government.
The new interim council is to include members of Houthis and other factions who have been disenfranchised by the current government in Yemen.