Yemen's Shia Houthi fighters continue to push south in Ibb province, taking over the town of Yarim after dismantling a protest camp blocking the country's main airport in the capital Sanaa. Sunday's developments came amid reports that the governor of Sanaa province had resigned after his headquarters were stormed by the Houthis.
Yemen's southern secessionists will revive plans for independence amid internal divisions and Houthi ascendency. According to analysts, pro-independence activists are probably right to be suspicious of the Houthis. "The Houthis are consolidating in the north, not only to serve their own interests, but to help consolidate Yemen under only one centre of power," Fernando Carvajal, a US-based Yemen analyst, told Al Jazeera. "Every actor wants and needs to rule over a unified Yemen. It is the only political solution that would give any successor [to the current government] legitimacy and authority."
On Oct. 7, Yemen's President Abdo Rabbu Mansour Hadi appointed his close ally Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak as the country s prime minister, two weeks after fighting between Shia Houthi rebels and government troops transformed Sanaa, the Yemeni capital, into a war zone. The rebels rejected the appointment hours after it was made, dashing hopes of a swift return to order.