Supreme Revolutionary Committee

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The Supreme Revolutionary Committee, sometimes referred to as the Revolutionary Council or the Revolutionary Committee,[1][2][3] is an interim body in Yemen formed by the Zaidiyyah Shia group Ansar Allah (more commonly known as the Houthis). In their 6 February 2015 "constitutional declaration" after seizing control of the Yemeni capital and much of former North Yemen, and the failure of Thursday talks between the Houthis and Yemen’s many political parties that were aimed at forming a government to replace Hadi and his cabinet,[3] the group declared the committee would act as Yemen's interim authority. The committee was given the task of forming a new 551-seat parliament, which would then select a five-member presidential council to rule the country for two years.[4][3]

The president of the committee is Mohammed Ali al-Houthi.[2]

On 15 August 2016, the Supreme Revolutionary Committee handed power to the Supreme Political Council.[5]

International reactions

The legitimacy of the committee was rejected by a number of Yemeni opposition groups, including the Houthis' Sunni rivals in the Islah Party and the separatist Southern Movement, as well as the United Nations, United States, and Gulf Cooperation Council.[6]

References

  1. ^ al-Haj, Ahmed (6 February 2015). "Yemen's Shiite rebels announce forcefull takeover of country after a coupe on the sitting president Hadi". The Columbian. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Houthi militia installs 'presidential council' to run Yemen". Middle East Eye. 6 February 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Nordland, Rob (6 February 2015). "Yemen Rebels Say They Will Form New Government". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  4. ^ al-Haj, Ahmed (6 February 2015). "Yemen's Shiite rebels announce takeover of country". The Columbian. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  5. ^ http://sabanews.net/en/news437023.htm
  6. ^ "Gulf countries, opposition say Houthi takeover in Yemen a 'coup'". Reuters. 7 February 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
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