San’a(Araweelo News Network)The Yemeni government and Ansarullah fighters of the Shia Houthi movement have agreed on a UN-brokered ceasefire after
the revolutionaries seized key government buildings.
The agreement was reached on Sunday after intense talks between a delegation from the Ansarullah movement and government representatives in the capital, Sana’a.
“A national peace and partnership agreement based on the outcomes of the national dialogue conference was signed this evening at the presidential palace,” Yemen’s state news agency Saba reported.
The deal was signed in the presence of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and Jamal Benomar, the UN special envoy to Yemen.
Benomar said the deal calls for the establishment of a government of technocrats within a month.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Mohammed Basindawa stepped down amid heavy fighting in the capital.
The resignation was one of the main demands of Ansarullah forces.
Also on Sunday, the revolutionaries seized government headquarters, state TV and radio stations in Sana’a.
Saudi Arabia has also reportedly deployed warplanes to Yemen to confront Ansarullah fighters. This comes as several army units have joined the revolutionaries.
Yemeni revolutionaries have been staging demonstrations in the capital for more than a month, demanding the formation of a new government.
They say the government is corrupt and marginalizes the country’s Shia community.
Yemen’s Shia Houthi movement draws its name from the tribe of its founding leader Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi.
The Houthi movement played a key role in the popular revolution that forced former dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down.
Saleh, who ruled Yemen for 33 years, stepped down in February 2012 under a US-backed power transfer deal in return for immunity, after a year of mass street demonstrations demanding his ouster.
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