Yemen's Collapse Threatens U.S. Drone Program
The U.S.'s program of striking at Al-Qaeda leaders had a friend in President Hadi, but it's unlikely his replacement will be so enthusiastic.By Steven Sparkman | January 22, 2015
The sudden resignation Thursday of Yemen's president, prime minister and cabinet left a country that was already in chaos without anyone clearly in charge.
President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi had been a vocal proponent of U.S. drone strikes and was considered an ally by The White House. But after Houthi rebels took over much of the capital this week and laid siege to Hadi's palace, he and just about every other recognizable authority in Yemen stepped down. (Videos via National Dialogue Conference, OTV)
And even though the country's parliament rejected Hadi's resignation, it's not clear how much weight its word carries considering the last parliamentary election was in 2003.