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UAE-backed group vows to `overthrow` Yemen`s government

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Aidarous al-Zubaidi held a meeting in Aden on the future of South Yemen

Al Jazeera News  :
A group of separatists in southern Yemen, backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), have declared a state of emergency in the port city of Aden and vowed to overthrow the country's internationally recognised government within the next week.
Aidarous al-Zubaidi, the leader of the Southern Transitional Council (STC), said Yemen's parliament would be barred from convening in Aden or anywhere else in southern Yemen unless President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi replaced Prime Minister Ahmed bin Daghr and his entire cabinet.
Speaking at a meeting on Sunday, al-Zubaidi accused Hadi's government of "rampant corruption" and of "waging a misinformation campaign against the southern leaders using state funds".
"The Southern Resistance Forces (SRF) declare a state of emergency in Aden and announce that it has begun the process of overthrowing the legitimate government and replacing it with a cabinet of technocrats," a statement issued by the STC said.
The SRF, an armed group that has clashed with forces loyal to Hadi for control of strategic areas including Aden airport, will "become the core of a new force that will rebuild South Yemen's security and military institutions," the statement added.
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Several commanders from security forces set up by the UAE attended the meeting and declared their support for the announcement.
The statement, however, did not give details on how it intended to topple Hadi's government, only that he had a week to comply.
The announcement underscores rising tensions between Hadi's government, which is supported by Saudi Arabia, and the southern separatists, who are backed by the UAE.
The UAE entered Yemen's war in March 2015 as part of a Saudi-led coalition after Houthi rebels, traditionally based in the northwest of the country, overran much of the country, including the capital Sanaa, in 2014.

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