Yemen’s President, Shiite Rebels Reportedly Strike Deal

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Yemen’s besieged president appeared to have acceded to demands by Shiite Houthi rebels, potentially defusing a political crisis that has engulfed the U.S. ally.

President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi

The rebels had seized the presidential palace and surrounded President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s home, which is in a different part of the city. Hadi himself was unharmed.

An apparent agreement was reported today by the official Saba news agency. The deal called for the Houthi rebels to withdraw from parts of the capital, Sana, including the presidential palace, and to free Hadi’s chief of staff, Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, who was abducted over the weekend.

In exchange, the news agency said, Hadi agreed to a list of concessions. In the past, the groups demands have included that the constitution be amended, with their representation in the parliament and in state institutions expanded.

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