Yemen's Government Just Resigned En Masse



REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

A tribal fighter jumps off a truck on a road linking the Yemeni capital Sanaa with the oil-producing province of Marib June 26, 2012.

SANAA (Reuters) - Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned on Thursday, a government source said.


Just before, Prime Minister Khaled Baha offered his government's resignation to Hadi, saying it did not want to be dragged into "an unconstructive political maze".

This was an apparent reference to a stand-off between Hadi and Yemen's powerful Houthi movement.

The letter from prime minister to the president came less than 24 hours after Hadi signaled he would accede to demands by the powerful Houthi movement for a bigger stake in constitutional and political arrangements.

Journalists and Yemen experts Gregory Johnson and Iona Craig concisely explained the situation:


(Reuters reporting by William Maclean; Editing by Mark Heinrich)