[ View the story "Will Yemen's new peace deal last? " on Storify] Will Yemen's new peace deal last? The Stream examines how Yemenis view the peace agreement between the government and Houthi rebels.
The Stream· Thu, Sep 25 2014 16:25:07
On September 21, a UN-negotiated peace agreement between Houthi rebels and the government was
signed to alleviate tensions. The agreement calls for the formation of a more inclusive government within a month, a restoration of fuel subsidies and the implementation of the policies agreed upon at the 2013 National Dialogue Conference, a 10-month-long peace talk between Yemen's major political representatives. The recent deal also includes a ceasefire after weeks of clashes left more than 300 dead and 900 injured.
Yet Houthi fighters remain in the country’s capital, a move that some
say appears to be a coup attempt. The group’s occupation of government buildings prompted the resignation of Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Basindwa, and is forcing the quick formation of a new government.
UN's Envoy to #Yemen @Jamal_Benomar facilitates negotiation between Presidential Commission & Houthi representatives.
In August, government cuts to fuel subsides drove up prices and
protest in a country with extreme poverty and 40 per cent unemployment. Houthi leader Abdul Malek al-Houthi demanded subsides be reinstated and called for the government to step down, accusing officials of corruption. Houthi supporters also feel government promises to address the humanitarian crisis in the country were not upheld after the National Dialogue Conference.
Houthi Org Cmte called upon "the free to amass & participate in the Friday prayers tomorrow on airport road" #Yemen
The conflict escalated in September after Yemeni police forces allegedly shot indiscriminately into a crowd of unarmed protesters, a move Human Rights Watch
an "unnecessary loss of life" after the deaths of nine protesters and injuries to at least 67 more.
While the government ultimately heeded to some of Houthi demands, many worry the peace agreement will not last. Some, including Yemen’s President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi, say demands have become unwarranted and the rebel group is simply trying to gain power. In a speech on September 24, President Hadi
of a "conspiracy that will lead towards civil war."
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The Stream community weighed in on the debate, some saying Houthi rebels are now in a position of power:
@AJStream when we hear the UN envoy @Jamal_Benomar saying " Sana'a is under the mercy of #houthis", how do you want us to be?!Elroubat
@AJStream #Yemen is in for a big surprise,considering #Houthis ease to overrun instituitions,#Houthis hold all the cards #AJStreamshelton sibanda
@AJStream Absolutely none, Houthis after are in a position of strength for the first time since 1962 why would they stop now?Stuart Bolus
Others shared concerns about the reality of Houthi intentions:
@AJStream houthis are guarding ali saleh. Attacking those who helped revolution, removed saleh from power,calling them enemies of revolutionMaria Al-Masani
@AJStream I'm not confident at all, from the moment they spread their armed men in the street, I knew their intentions are not good at allElroubat
@AJStream the pain of the #houthis from saleh bombing them six times is legitimate, protecting saleh & only going after his enemies is not.Maria et al
Many pointed to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen as a priority issue:
@AJStream its best the realities on the ground are looked at, not just a peace deal signingfamoux: msg n art
@AJStream the UN envoy @Jamal_Benomar should tell the true about what really happened to people of #yemen and to UNElroubat
@AJStream to get Saleh, Iran, Saudi out, and get rid of corruption so can start bigger businesses and create jobs. Electricity. Food, water.Maria et al
@AJStream No group should be using force and voilcece to achieve political goals and that's what the #Huthis are doing.Ibraham AlQatabi
@AJStream their grievences are legitimate however, justice should not merely be an aim but in their actions.Rooj
Several believe the influence of other countries in the region is at play:
@AJStream saleh simply leveraged Iran against Saudi to achieve his interests. Houthis merely Saleh's new republican guardMaria Al-Masani
@emmaappleart @AJStream very true. Saleh played Iran against Saudi. While he is there activists have a lot to fear. #YemenMaria et al
@AJStream it's essentially a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Compounded by tribal politics within Yemen.Emma Apple
@raisazaidi help from Ali Abdullah Saleh supporters due to existing feuds. Enemy of enemy is friend.Emma Apple
Some of The Stream community in Yemen described the situation and mood on the ground:
@OmarBaddar I hv friend in #Yemen telling me tht #Houthis are being welcomed overwhelmingly because #Takfiris made their life Hell @AJStreamAhmed Turi
@AJStream there are Houthis everywhere, in all checkpoints also protecting th government institutions and people are accepting itNawal Al-maghafi
@OmarBaddar @AJStream life is different, doesn't feel good to have armed militias everywhere searching people and replacing security forcesRafat Al-Akhali
@OmarBaddar @AJStream worst of all, hope for a better future diminishing among many youth, seeing they are now against armed militiaRafat Al-Akhali
A few in the community did not seem surprised by the situation:
@AJStream There's still a government in Yemen? Where did you hear this? :-P @omeisyهيكل بافنع
@AJStream no. A thief went and a thief came. Such is the history of Yemeni politics.Emma Apple