Yemen's Houthi leader reassures public after takeover

February 8, 2015 02:09

The leader of Yemen's powerful Houthi group gave a televised speech on Saturday to try and re-assure Yemenis that the group's recent announcement claiming a takeover of the war-torn country, was in the best interests of Yemen and would only serve as a transitional political period.

Domestic political opponents of the Houthi group have argued the Shi'ite group's take-over following months of territorial expansions was effectively a coup.

"This step is a historical and important step and it was necessary. It came to fill the political vacuum by which others wanted to target the people of Yemen," said Houthi leader Abdel Malik al-Houthi.

"The political forces that seized that vacuum aimed to undermine the political process and destroy the governmental institutions and make things chaotic. They didn't have a wise or correct project," he added.

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