Yemeni president flees house arrest
21 February 2015, 17:57
Sana'a - Yemeni President Abd Rabu Mansour Hadi has fled house arrests in Sana'a and is now in the southern province of Aden, an official in the Houthis rebel movement said Saturday.
Ali al-Quhum, a member of the Houthi politbureau, told dpa that the president had used a disguise to elude the guards.
A local official in Aden, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The 69-year-old leader,a native of southern Yemen, took office in 2012.
Last month, the Houthis overran the presidential palace in Sana'a and placed Hadi and other senior officials under house arrest.
On February 6, they dissolved parliament and took control of the government.
The Shiite takeover was denounced as a coup by rival political factions and triggered mass protests, mainly from the country's Sunni majority.
Yemen is one of the Arab world's poorest countries and a stronghold of an active al-Qaeda offshoot.