World Bulletin / News Desk
Negotiations between Yemeni political factions and the Shiite Houthi group were suspended Saturday following the departure of resigned President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi to southern Yemen, a Yemeni political source has said.
"The UN-sponsored talks between political factions and Houthis have been suspended," the source, requesting anonymity, told.
"The talks were suspended after Hadi left his home in Sanaa to the southern city of Aden," the source said, without providing further details.
Earlier Saturday, a local source said that Hadi arrived in Aden from Sanaa after being held under house arrest by the Houthis since last month.
Earlier this month, the powerful Shiite Houthi group issued what they described as constitutional declaration, dissolving parliament and establishing a 551-member "transitional council" to run the country's affairs.
The declaration, however, was rejected by most Yemeni political forces – along with some neighboring countries – which slammed it as a coup against constitutional legitimacy.
During the past two weeks, the country's political camps have been engaged in UN-backed dialogue with the hopes of resolving Yemen's political crisis.
Last September, the Houthis seized control of Sanaa and have since sought to expand their influence to other parts of the country as well.