News ID: 2981
Published: 1120 GMT October 08, 2014

Yemen teetering on edge of civil war: Analyst

Yemen teetering on edge of civil war: Analyst

Efforts by Saudi Arabia in sowing sectarian divide in Yemen against a pro-democracy movement are likely to ignite civil war, says an analyst.

Colin Cavell, author and lecturer from West Virginia, told Press TV in an interview Tuesday, “In order to stifle that movement the Saudis are trying to divide the people along religious sectarian lines between Sunni and Shia.”

“It is creating a large civil war,” Cavell said, adding that the “government of Saudi Arabia is losing control of Yemen and this is what is creating the chaos.”

The comments come as Yemen’s Ansarullah revolutionaries, also known as Houthis, rejected President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi’s pick for the post of prime minister of Yemen.

President Hadi on Tuesday appointed Chief of Staff Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak as prime minister.

In September, Ansarullah fighters took over the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, following clashes with Salafist militants backed by the government.

A UN-backed ceasefire deal was recently agreed upon to have the revolutionaries withdraw from the capital once a neutral prime minister was picked.

Ansarullah has issued a statement saying, “This appointment is at the behest of outside forces, a denial of national sovereignty and ... the rule of consensus that must direct the process of political transition.”

Commenting on the likelihood of a political solution to the crisis in Yemen, Cavell said, “There could be a political solution if the major players Saudi Arabia, the United States and the UK wanted a political solution, but they don’t.

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