World Bulletin/News Desk
Shiite Houthi leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi on Tuesday blamed Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi for the current state of insecurity plaguing the South Arabian country.
In a televised speech marking the annual Muslim festival of Ashura, al-Houthi asserted that Hadi and his government were responsible for Yemen's deteriorating security situation.
"The problem is not the army's weakness," he said. "[The problem is that] there is no political will [to confront threats to the nation's security]."
He went on to say that slain Yemeni politician Mohammad Abdulmalik al-Mutawakil had been a victim of "the president's failure to… wage war on these criminal groups."
Al-Mutawakil, who had been close to the Shiite Houthi group, was shot dead in capital Sanaa on Sunday.
On the tenth day of Muharram (the first month of the Islamic calendar), Shiite Muslims commemorate the martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussein, who was killed in battle in the Iraqi city of Karbala in 680 AD.
The day is commonly known as Ashura.
The Yemeni presidency, for its part, has described al-Mutawakil's murder as an attempt to "sow sedition" in the politically fractious country.
In recent months, Yemen seemed to be teetering on the verge of civil war as the Houthis sought to expand their control beyond capital Sanaa, over which the group took control in late September.
The growing Houthi influence in the country has pitted the Shiite movement against Al-Qaeda, which is said to remain active in Yemen.
Fighting between the two sides has left dozens dead in recent days in the country's central and western regions.
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