April 26, 2020 / 12:04 AM / a month ago

STC announces plan for self-rule in south Yemen; gov't calls move "catastrophic"

ADEN, April 26 (Reuters) - Yemen’s separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) on Sunday announced it would establish a self-ruled administration in the regions under their control, which the internationally recognized Saudi-backed government said would have “catastrophic consequences” for a November peace deal.

Under a deal to end the power struggle in south Yemen agreed in Riyadh, the STC and other southerners were supposed to join a new national cabinet and place all forces under control of the internationally recognized government. The STC is supported by the United Arab Emirates.

“The announcement by the so-called transitional council of its intention to establish a southern administration is a resumption of its armed insurgency... and an announcement of its rejection and complete withdrawal from the Riyadh agreement,” Yemen’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Twitter.

“The so-called transitional council will bear alone the dangerous and catastrophic consequences for such an announcement,” it said.

Reporting by Mohammed Ghobari and Mohammed Mukhashef, writing by Dahlia Nehme Editing by Sonya Hepinstall

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