As a new twist in the war in Yemen, the United Arab Emirates-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) has declared self-administration and a state of emergency in Aden and southern governorates as hundreds of people protested in several districts of Aden following heavy floods that caused the death of at least 21 civilians.
In his statement, Aidarous Al-Zubaidi, president of the STC, accused the Yemeni government of not performing its duties and blamed the Saudi-led coalition of "unjustified silence" for these actions.
On the other hand, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on its official Twitter account, quoted its minister, Muhammad Al-Hadrami, saying that: “The announcement of the so-called STC its self-administration of the south is nothing but a continuation of its armed rebellion ... and a declaration of its rejection and complete withdrawal from the Riyadh Agreement. The so-called Transitional Council alone bears the serious and catastrophic consequences of such a declaration.”
And in an earlier statement, the Yemeni government blamed the STC and its armed forces for blocking its return to Aden, saying that, “As the government issues this clarification to local and international public opinion, it holds the STC responsible for this reckless behavior and its consequences that affect Aden and the Yemeni people in general.”
STC’s huge mistake
A quick look at the local and international reactions to this self-rule decision will show that the STC has made a big mistake as it miscalculated its potential local and international support. For example, in a few hours after the STC’s unexpected decision, authorities in Yemen’s southern provinces of Hadramawt, Abyan, Shabwa, Al-Mahra and Socotra rejected the separatist group’s claim to self-rule as they issued different condemning statements.