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Yemen: Hadi battles setbacks as allies contemplate succession

Following recent setbacks for the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in the central Al-Dhale province and on Socotra, where control has been seized from the national government by forces loyal to the separatist Southern Transition Council (STC), Hadi has been trying to push back and regain some momentum. On 22 May, the Riyadh-based president wrote to United Nations secretary-general António Guterres with a series of complaints about UN special envoy Martin Griffiths, including “his insistence on dealing with the Houthis as a de facto government”.

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