Violence against legitimate government is a coup

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Asharq Al-Awsat

Yemen’s Information Minister Muammar al-Iryani has underlined the importance of the Saudi stance with regards to the recent developments in his country.

In remarks to Asharq Al-Awsat, he noted that the Yemeni government, led by President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, was not mistaken when it bet on the Saudi role in bringing things back to normal, starting with the “Decisive Storm” and the “Restoration of Hope”, to the recent events in the province of Aden.

Al-Iryani talked about the general situation in Aden, saying: “So far, it is unstable and requires concerted efforts to stop such escalation,” explaining that what was happening was a repetitive scenario of the 2014 events in Sana’a to overthrow the legitimate government under the pretext of fighting Al-Islah Party.

The minister added that this category – which he described as “outlaws” – was working to change the status quo through the provocation of crises. He noted that the said party was the government’s partner in confronting the Houthi coup militias, “and they exploit this to achieve their goals.”

Al-Iryani pointed to the importance of statements issued by the international community in support of the legitimate government led by Hadi.

The undersecretary of the Yemeni Ministry of Justice, Faisal al-Majidi, in similar remarks to Asharq Al-Awsat warned against exploiting the recent events to undermine the legitimate government to serve Iran’s interests and agenda in the region.

“There is a government that encompasses all components, supported by the international community and the coalition countries, especially Saudi Arabia, on which the Yemeni people depend so much to stop these abuses,” al-Majidi said.

“Any actions against the government are therefore a coup against the legitimacy,” he added.


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