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The militias of Houthi group took the head of its government, Abdul Aziz bin Habtoor, two days ago to its stronghold in Saada to meet with the leader of the rebels Abdul Malik al-Houthi, to do the “loyalty oath” in front of him, as was reported in al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper.
The newspaper quoted its sources as saying that Huthi militia was doubt about his continued loyalty to the “Popular Congress Party” and the fears was raising of the possibility that he could dissent from it at any moment, especially since the man had swing many time through different political loyalties.
The senior leader in charge of militia intelligence, Abu Ali al-Hakim, and other leaders of the group were ordered by Abdul Malik al-Houthi to take Ibn Habtoor to Saada, and let him choose whether to stay loyal to the Congress Party and then being removed from the head of the rebels government, or to join officially to the rebels to keep his position.
“Abdul-Malik al-Houthi met bin Habtoor with a bit of contempt due to reports he heard about the secret calls of bin Habtoor with the leaders in the legitimate, in preparation to jump from the militia boat” the sources added.
According to the same sources, bin Habtoor took the oath of loyalty to Houthi, in the presence of a number of leaders of the group. However, Houthi ordered him to undergo intensive cultural courses on the beliefs of the racist group, includes hearing the speeches of him and the speeches of his brother Hussein, the group’s first founder, who was killed on September 10, 2004.
The sources revealed that the leader of the group Abu Ali al-Hakim and its governor of Saada Mohammed Jaber Awad, took bin Habtoor to visit the graves of the dead in Saada, including the grave of the father of Huthi, Badr al-Din al-Huthi, and the graves of a number of relatives.
According to the newspaper, sources revealed months ago that bin Habtoor contacted with some leaders in the legitimate, when he was certain that Houthi militias is going to fall, in light of military defeats the rebels faced.
Bin Habtour, a southern figure descended from Shabwa province, is a leader of the Popular Congress party, but he preferred to abandon President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and join the coup in 2015. He later preferred to abandon the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, and stay as a head of the coup government.