Houthi militia from hijacking the constitution to cutting off oil exports

English - Saturday 21 January 2023 الساعة 04:32 pm
Sana'a, NewsYemen, exclusive:

In a tweet on his official Twitter page, Foreign Minister Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak reminds that 8 years have passed since his kidnapping by the Houthi militia in Sana'a.  It is the incident that represented the real spark for the scene of the ongoing war in Yemen.

The kidnapping of Ibn Mubarak by the Houthi militia on January 17, 2015, who was the director of the office of former President Hadi;  This came while he was on his way to hand over the final draft of the constitution to an official meeting, in a scene similar to the final stage of the national dialogue that took place between representatives of the Yemeni forces for an entire year.

The draft constitution, which was approved by the representatives of the political forces in its drafting committee, with the exception of the Houthi group, which resorted to the use of armed force to prevent the adoption of the constitution and putting it to a Yemeni referendum by kidnapping Ibn Mubarak; after that, the events in Sanaa and Yemen escalated dramatically.

The incident represented an official declaration by the Houthi group that the scene in Yemen had changed after the fall of the country's capital, Sana'a, by its militias in September 2014, with generous support from Ira and that what they decide will be imposed by force and what the Yemenis see is of no value, even if the result is igniting war on the Yemeni map; this happened two months after the kidnapping.

Eight years later, the Houthi group continues its approach of imposing its choice on the Yemenis through bullying and terrorism, the latest of which was the attacks it launched on the oil export ports in the liberated governorates, which led to the halting of the oil export process about 3 months ago.

 Attacks launched by the group as a pressure card to force the Presidential Leadership Council and the Arab Coalition to respond to its demands to share the revenues of oil produced and exported from the liberated areas, despite the catastrophic repercussions of these attacks on the fragile economic situation in Yemen.

The Houthi group is trying to justify these attacks by raising the banner of "paying salaries" to employees in the areas under its control, but what it puts on the ongoing negotiating table to extend the UN armistice exposes the lie of that, as the group rejects the proposal put forward by the UN envoy and approved by the government, to pay the salaries of only civil servants, according to the 2014 statements with the allocation of the revenues of the port of Hodeidah in this matter.

Where the Houthi group demands that salaries be delivered to civilians and the military as a single number according to the 2014 budget and in hard currency from oil and gas export revenues, while recent media reports revealed that the group proposed during the negotiations mediated by Oman to share these revenues according to population density, and that this means obtaining  80% of it.

Conditions that expose the lies of the Houthi group's claims in the name of "humanitarian demands" and the salary bracket, while it is looking for additional funding sources for its war against the Yemenis from the proceeds of wealth produced and exported far from it in the liberated areas, and threatens to continue its bullying and terrorism to achieve this.