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Yemen panel agrees on new system of 6 regions

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 10, 2014 at 12:32 pm •  Published: February 10, 2014

In recent years the central government has faced a southern secessionist movement, as well as a six-year insurgency in the north led by the Hawthi tribe, members of a Shiite sect, that officially ended in 2010. However, a recent escalation in fighting between the Hawthis and ultraconservative Sunni tribesmen has turned several northern cities into war zones.

Both groups rose up against what they describe as discrimination by the central government under ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh who was removed from power following uprisings in 2011.

The government is also challenged by radical groups outside the political process, notably al-Qaida. Washington considers al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula to be the terror network's most dangerous offshoot.

The 21-member panel included representatives of Yemen's main political parties, civil society, youth and women.