The so-called Southern Transitional Council (STC), which is backed by UAE, has begun implementing a self-rule plan south Yemen, in a major blow to the internationally recognized Yemeni government.
The STC announced in a statement the start of self-rule of south Yemen, starting on Saturday, a move that is seen as a clear coup against the legitimate government and a breach of the Riyadh Agreement.
The statement called on the Arab coalition, which intervened in 2015 to restore state and end the Houthi coup, and the international community to help and support their self-rule of the south.
Following the declaration of self-rule, the STC started deploying its forces in Aden, Yemen’s interim capital.
Yesterday, the Yemeni government held the (STC) responsible for the delay in its return to the interim capital, Aden.
In November, both the Yemeni government and the southern separatists inked a Saudi-sponsored agreement in Riyadh to end months-long struggle over power in the south.
Since then, little has been achieved with both sides accusing each other of impeding the implementation of the deal.