Yemen Government, Separatists Sign Power-Sharing Deal

Yemen’s Saudi-backed government and southern separatists signed an agreement to end a power struggle in the south of Yemen, Tuesday, November 5. Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hailed the action as a step toward a wider political solution to end the multi-faceted conflict. (REUTERS)

Both the government and the separatists are part of a Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Houthi rebel group.

The United Arab Emirates backed the southern separatists. The UAE has been a key member of the anti-Houthi coalition. Its support for the separatists had threatened to further complicate the dangerous situation throughout Yemen.

The Houthis seized the Yemeni capital in 2014, followed by Saudi-led coalition airstrikes against the rebels. The strikes have obliterated entire civilian neighborhoods, killing thousands and aggravating what was already a humanitarian crisis in one of the world’s poorest nations.