Yemen's President Steps Aside Amidst Efforts to End War

Image copyright: AFP [via Al Jazeera]

The Facts

  • Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, Yemen's exiled president, stepped aside and transferred his powers to a presidential council on Thurs., as efforts to end Yemen's civil war gain momentum with a shaky two-month truce.

  • Saudi Arabia and the UAE, who support Hadi's government, welcomed the decision, pledging $3B in aid.

The Spin

Establishment-critical narrative

Saudi Arabia and its allies are conducting war crimes in Yemen and the Houthis' resistance is just as legitimate as the resistance in Ukraine. The war in Yemen has caused massive humanitarian suffering for the Yemeni people, but the media has consistently failed to extensively cover it.

Pro-establishment narrative

Saudi Arabia and its allies have been trying to bring stability to Yemen for years, but all their efforts have been met with intransigence. The Iran-backed Houthis are only making the horrific complex emergency in Yemen worse. Hopefully, this recent decision will make peace easier to achieve in the near future.

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