Houthi Leader Chooses Uncle As Successor To Avoid Power Struggle After Death - Reports

Houthi Leader Chooses Uncle as Successor to Avoid Power Struggle After Death - Reports

DOHA (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 16th September, 2018) Houthi leader Abdel Abdul Malik al-Houthi has chosen his uncle Abdel Karim al-Houthi as his successor in the event he gets killed, local media reported on Sunday, citing sources in Sanaa.

According to Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, it was the death of Saleh Ali al-Sammad, the president of the Houthi-led Supreme Political Council of Yemen, killed as a result of a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in April, that forced the Houthi leader to appoint a successor.

Under al-Houthi's decision, his uncle will be tasked with managing most of the movement's affairs in Sanaa and other provinces once he takes over his position. Al-Houthi's cousin Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, the head of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee, and brother Abdel Khaliq al-Houthi will also be entrusted with part of the duties.

The candidates were reportedly approved by al-Houthi's advisers at a special consultative meeting convened by the leader several weeks ago.

By appointing a successor, al-Houthi aims to avoid a power struggle within the movement after his death, the media outlet said, noting however that the leader's brother and cousin, who have their own ambitions, oppose the decision.

Yemen has been engulfed in an armed conflict between the government forces led by President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and the Houthi rebels for several years. The Saudi-led coalition of mostly Persian Gulf nations has been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthis at Hadi's request since March 2015.

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