Yemeni president Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi made his return to Aden after six months of exile in Saudi Arabia as a key step towards the restoration of power “legitimate” and the “liberation” of areas still controlled by the rebels.
Analysts, however, show more reserved, calling it back to act “symbolic”, which should “not change much” in the short term on the ground while the Shiite Houthi rebels firmly hold the north of Yemen and the capital Sanaa.
Hadi, 70, returned late Tuesday in Aden, the second largest city, located in the south.
He once chaired a meeting of members of government already arrived in the port city with the aim of restoring its authority in this part of the country recently conquered by the forces loyal to him, supported an Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia.
According to the Saba agency controlled by the government, Hadi praised the “sacrifices” of the army and groups of “popular resistance” who have taken up arms. He reaffirmed the “legitimacy” of power against the “coup militias” that are seized to Sanaa a year ago.
The Yemení President recognized by the international community and who should participate in a few days the UN General Assembly in New York, asked the participants to the meeting of Aden to solve problems of the people – “water, electricity, health, housing, security “– after the reconquest of five southern provinces this summer.
Insecurity still prevails in Aden and locals are impatient with the slow pace of reconstruction.
Supported by air strikes and troops from Saudi Arabia and the UAE in particular, a diverse coalition of pro-government forces of southern separatists, Islamic militants and Sunni tribes fought the Houthis in recent months but divisions have emerged between these groups on future objectives.
The president stressed the need “to integrate the members of the Popular Resistance within the military and security forces,” said the agency Saba.
– “today Aden, and maybe Taiz and Sanaa tomorrow” –
[blockquote author=”” pull=”normal”]”We are now in Aden. We will be tomorrow in Taiz (third largest city in Yemen) and then in the capital Sanaa,” [/blockquote]
he told Hadi, promising “stability” in the country. In his first statement after arriving aboard a Saudi plane, the President paid tribute to the Arab-Sunni coalition that intervened in March in Yemen, first by air strikes and ground to help the government “legitimate ”
Citing namely Saudi Arabia and the UAE, he said that the “liberation” of cities and provinces still held by “coup militias” which Sanaa, was “soon”.
Analysts said the return of Mr. Hadi has a range primarily symbolic.
“This is a signal to all actors, whether in the Houthi or anti-Houthi camp is that of the return of the legitimate government,” explains Mathieu Guidère, specializing in the Middle East and Islamic studies professor at the University of Toulouse (France).
“This does not change much on the ground but it will open the road to Sanaa coalition official invitation of the government there,” he adds.
According to him, “the return of President Hadi was done in consultation with the Saudis, and there is no difference between the two. The objective remains the return of the government in Sanaa to Aden The return is temporary in the spirit of everyone. “
After regaining the initiative in the south, the antirebelles forces, backed by Arab troops, launched on September 13 a major offensive in the province of Marib (center), east of Sanaa, with the objective of advancing on the capital.
But this offensive, involving thousands of soldiers of the Emirates and Saudi particular, seems to be slowed by the Houthis and their allies, the army units remained faithful to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Since March, the conflict in Yemen has left some 5,000 dead and 25,000 wounded, many of them civilians, according to the UN.
Credits – Aden (AFP) – © 2015 AFP