Yemeni President dismissed from leadership of GPC party

(AGI) Sana'a, Nov 8 - Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi,has been dismissed from the leadership of his General People'sCongress (GPC) party after calling for United Nation sanctionsagainst his predecessor, Ali Abdullah Saleh. The decision tosack Mr Hadi was taken by the party's permanent committeeshortly after the UN Security Council announcement of itsdecision to impose sanctions on Mr Saleh and two Houthi rebelleaders, at the behest of the U.S. Mr Saleh is accused of beingthe main backer of the Shiite rebels, who seized control ofSana'a in September and have since taken control

(AGI) Sana'a, Nov 8 - Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi,has been dismissed from the leadership of his General People'sCongress (GPC) party after calling for United Nation sanctionsagainst his predecessor, Ali Abdullah Saleh. The decision tosack Mr Hadi was taken by the party's permanent committeeshortly after the UN Security Council announcement of itsdecision to impose sanctions on Mr Saleh and two Houthi rebelleaders, at the behest of the U.S. Mr Saleh is accused of beingthe main backer of the Shiite rebels, who seized control ofSana'a in September and have since taken control of coastalareas and regions south of the capital. The former Yemenipresident and the two Houthi rebels, Abd al-Khaliq al-Houthiand Abdullah Yahya al-Hakim, are now all subject to a globaltravel ban and asset freeze. The current Yemeni head of statewas also vice president of the General People's Congress, ledby Mr Saleh. On Friday thousands of supporters of the formerpresident and the Shiite Houthi movement demonstrated in Sana'aagainst what they regard as foreign interference in thecountry's affairs. The sanctions imposed on Mr Saleh came theday after President Abdo Rabu Mansur Hadi announced that he hadformed a new government of 36 ministers, led by Jaled MahfuzBahah. The new executive is the product of an agreement betweenthe president and the Shiite Houthi rebels, and aims to put anend to the political crisis in the country. The peace agreementwith the rebels provides for the withdrawal of their troopsfrom Sana'a and other cities under their control. In August theUN Security Council had urged the rebels to end their armedrevolt against Mr Hadi, saying sanctions would be imposed onanybody threatening the stability of the country. Mr Hadi isseen as a key U.S. ally in the fight against Al Qaeda. UNSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was pleased that a newgovernment had been formed, describing it as a step towardspeace and stability in the country. .