After takeover, Yemen's Shiite rebels criticized over 'coup'

February 7, 2015 6:41 PM

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SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A day after taking power, Shiite rebels in Yemen found themselves increasingly under pressure Saturday as thousands protested against their rule and a group of nearby countries denounced their "coup."

The leader of the Houthi rebels, Abdel-Malak al-Houthi, gave an impassioned speech defending dissolving Yemen's parliament Friday as the only response to a power "vacuum" — one his group created by besieging the country's president, who later resigned.

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