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Yemen's Shiite rebel group refuses to stop rallies

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 24, 2014 at 5:55 am •  Published: August 24, 2014

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's Shiite rebel group called for new protests Sunday after rejecting a draft proposal by a presidential delegation to stop their demonstrations in return for a new government and a review of the country's economic policies.

The delegation had negotiated with the Hawthis in the northern city of Saada, hoping to end the massive protests now challenging the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. The delegation's proposals included installing a new government and revisiting a decision to end government fuel subsidies in the Arab world's poorest country.

On July 30, Hadi's government ended the subsidies, nearly doubling fuel prices and sparking the protests by the Hawthis that have seen them set up tents near ministries in Yemen's capital, Sanaa.

The presidential delegation's proposal was "met with rejection, intransigence and insistence on ignoring the reality and the risks," delegation spokesman Abdel-Malek al-Mikhlafi wrote on his official Facebook page Sunday. He said the committee will make the draft public after meeting with Hadi.

Meanwhile, the Hawthis called for new rallies Sunday. The group has been holding protests since Monday.

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