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Why Ali Abdullah Saleh is disgraced by Houthis

Houthi militias decided to arrest their ally Ali Abdullah Saleh and transfer him from his residence in Sanaa to Saada on Monday, Yemeni sources reported. A Yemeni source confirmed the militias decision to end the alliance with the General People's Congress party headed by Saleh, Al Arabiya reported.

A senior leader of the Houthi militias said that the deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh was preparing for a coup in Sanaa on the eve of his partys 35th anniversary on August 24. The member of the Political Bureau of the Houthi group, Mohammed al-Bekhiti, said that the plan was to go down to the squares with the aim of holding sit-ins however we took security measures to prevent this from happening.

Mohammed Nasser al-Bukhiti, revealed in an message on his Facebook account directed to Salehs loyalists to encourage them to rebel against Saleh. We are about to catch Saleh, but the Houthis do not want to kill him, he said. The Houthi leader remembered that Saleh had waged six wars against the Houthis while he was in power, killing Hussein al-Houthi - founder of the Houthi movement. He highlighted the fact that in spite of that, they did not seek revenge even after they were about to catch him.

In the same context, Ahmed Saif Hashid a member of the pro-Houthi parliament, said that the Houthis know where Saleh is, but he warned them from rushing to kill him, You might be able to kill him but if you did, then you would be sentencing yourselves to death he added. It is noteworthy that the past days have witnessed an increase in tension between the allies of the coup; the Houthis and Saleh, as leaders close to Saleh started fleeing and taking shelter between their tribes, especially after the leakage of the Houthi assassinations list.

The past days have seen a sharp increase in tension between the two allies, where leaders close to Saleh began to flee and take refuge in their tribes, especially after leaking list of Houthi assassinations. Yemeni media sources reported that a leader of the Popular Congress Party, close to ousted President Saleh, arrived in the province of Shabwa from the Yemeni capital of Sanaa.

This came after the arrival of Hussein Hazeb, Minister of Higher Education in the Sanaa government, on Sunday in Marib. On the other hand, Houthi militias arrested Ahmed al-Shoumi, director of the education office in the province of Hajjah, and forcibly hid him in an unknown location. He is one of the most prominent leaders of the Congress Party in the province.

The reasons of disgrace

Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh appeared to turn against his Houthi allies this week, giving his media agencies the green light to "expose" the rebels and saying he was willing to negotiate with rival Saudi Arabia. Saleh, who survived an assassination attempt in 2011, resigned as leader in February 2012 following massive public pressure, but he remains a highly influential figure in Yemen. 
"We have no choice but dialogue," Saleh said at a meeting of his General People's Congress party in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Tuesday.

"We are ready to go to Riyadh, Khamis Mushit, Muscat or elsewhere to start dialogue and to reach an understanding," Saleh said, referring to cities in Saudi Arabia and neighbouring Oman. Parts of the army remained loyal to Saleh after his resignation and he solidified his position as a crucial player in 2014 when he forged an alliance with the Houthi rebels.

The Houthis, who have been accused of human rights abuses, currently control Yemen's capital, the northern region bordering Saudi Arabia, and a string of key ports along the Red Sea coast. "Saleh, during a meeting with a number of members of the General People's Congress, threatened to sell the Houthis to the [Arab] coalition should they not bow to his demands," Saudi Arabia's official news agency said on Wednesday.

Current President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi served as a deputy under Salah, and is not a bitter rival of the former president. His government is based in Aden, south Yemen, but Hadi mainly resides in Saudi Arabia. Despite the comments, Saleh reiterated his rejection of the current Hadi-led government and said Saudi Arabia would have to find a "new leadership" for the country.

Members of Saleh's circle have been meeting unofficially with Saudi delegates for weeks in Berlin, a Yemeni government official told AFP on Wednesday.