World Bulletin/News Desk
Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi on Saturday decided to re-assign a mediation committee to go to Saada, the stronghold of Shiite Houthi militant group, for talks with its leader as high tensions continue to grip the embattled country.
The decision came during a high-profile meeting that was headed by the president and attended by the government, lawmakers, army commanders, political leaders and senior police officials among other stakeholders.
During the meeting, Hadi re-assigned the presidential committee to head to Saada for another round with Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, the leader of the Shiite group, over the latter's demand of the dismissal of the government and reversal of a recent government decision to lift fuel subsidies is reversed.
Yemen has been thrown into turmoil as tens of thousands of Houthis, who take the country's northern province of Saada as its main stronghold, took to the streets to pressure the government to step down.
The presidential mediation committee failed earlier to persuade the Houthis against further escalating their protests, while the presidency has refused to yield to the Houthi's demands.
Tens of thousands of Houthis have converged on Sanaa amid fears of an imminent showdown between the army and the well-armed Houthis.
Previous confrontations between the Houthis and the Yemeni army in the country's north left hundreds of dead and injured on both sides.
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