SANAA, Sept 2 Yemen's Shi'ite Muslim Houthis
group spurned the president's move to bring in a national unity
government on Tuesday and partially restore fuel subsidies,
saying they would press on with mass protests.
Government sources told Reuters earlier on Tuesday that
President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi had dismissed the government
and planned to cut petrol and diesel prices, partly meeting
demands of Houthi protesters who have poured into the capital.
But Mohammed Abdulsalam, a spokesman for Houthi leader
Abdulmalek al-Houthi, rejected the proposal in a statement on
his Facebook page:
"We affirm that what was issued by the (government)
committee is a position that represents it and we do not agree
to it. Our position is still that we (stand) by the Yemeni
people who have gone out in a blessed popular revolution to
demand their legitimate and just rights," he said.
The Houthis have been fighting for years for more power for
their sect in north Yemen.
(Reporting by Mohammed Ghobari; Writing by Yara Bayoumy;
Editing by Andrew Heavens)