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The Crisis in Yemen: Another Manifestation of Fractured Affairs

Without any help from the Gulf States region, it will not be long before Houthi Shiite rebels gain control of Yemen or plunge the country into a violent civil war. 

That rebels have gained control of the capital Sanaa and other keys cities, and  are now focused on Aden - the stronghold of President Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi, is indicative of the decline of Hadi and his government who have been supporters on United States(US) anti-terrorism operations in the region.

The crises, which has taken the form of sectarian violence between Shiite and Sunni branches of Islam, is a manifestation of fractured affairs within yet another country which has witnessed years of authoritarian rule, an Arab Spring, new leadership and now consorted instigation by a past ruler to return to power. Former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh, a staunch critic of President Hadi, is aligned with the Houthi uprising. 

Yemen's present crisis parallels that witnessed in Egypt that saw the dictator Mubarak deposed, a new government elected only to be deposed by the army through anti Muslim Brotherhood sentiments, thus giving rise to today's Egyptian regime.

Yemen's crisis characterized by sectarianism, agitation and a thirst for power, will not be the last of events of systems evolving out of authoritarianism. Furthermore, this crisis serves as another manifestation of the fracture of relations within nations that remain vulnerable to violence under circumstances of political stress and applied pressure.