The United Nations Demands that Rebel Houthis Cede Power in Yemen

By Jenny Park

The minority rebel group, Houthis, has formally taken power in Yemen and have dissolved parliament. This move comes in the heels of the resignation of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, the prime minister and the cabinet, which was coerced by the Houthis when they placed President Hadi under house arrest. The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution, which is not enforceable militarily, demanding that the Houthis immediately cede power. The stability of Yemen is important due to its proximity to Saudi Arabia, a top oil exporter, and its home to some of al-Qaeda’s forces. BBC summarizes the conflict here.