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Yemen's Presidential Leadership Council resists Houthi supremacy

The formation of the new Presidential Leadership Council is a remarkable revival of Yemen's General People's Congress (GPC) and a prologue to ending fighting in Yemen's south. This could throw the Houthis into confusion in the months to come.
Yemenis shop at a market.

The tide of war in Yemen has subsided since early April, and life has been easier without daily armed clashes and airstrikes. Thanks to the UN-sponsored two-month truce reached by the warring sides in Yemen in March, the number of civilian casualties has declined and the fuel crisis has disappeared.

About 10 days remain of the cease-fire. Once it is over, Yemen will see a resurge of the fighting or more peace initiatives in the hope of sparing this country further bloodshed. If the war starts anew, it will pit the Iran-allied Houthi group against the Saudi-backed Presidential Leadership Council, which was declared on April 7 as the new face of the UN-recognized government.

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