Yemen: Thousands gather in support of Southern Transitional Council

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Mukalla, the capital city of Yemen's largest governorate Hadhramaut on Saturday to support the announced self-administration by the Transitional Council, gathering around the stage presided with the former South Yemen Republic flag. «We went out demanding self-management of the wealth of the sons of Hadhramaut so that they can benefit from the water, electricity and health services,» a demonstrator said. Director of the Department of Organisation for the Local Leadership of the Southern Transitional Council said that «the main message of the crowd is to support the Transitional Council for the South, in support of its negotiating team in Riyadh and demanding the application of self-administration in Hadhramaut and the replacement of elite forces.» The demonstration comes as the Southern Transitional Council and the government continue to negotiate in Riyadh to implement the power-sharing deal signed in November. President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi demanded that the Southern Transitional Council withdraws its self-rule announcement before the formation of a new cabinet, as the Riyadh peace deal compels.

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