Yemen's Shiite rebels dissolve parliament, announce takeover of country

February 6, 2015 3:48 PM

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Yemen's Shiite rebels dissolve parliament, announce takeover of country

SANAA, Yemen – Yemen's powerful Shiite rebels announced on Friday that they have taken over the country and dissolved parliament, a dramatic move that finalizes their months-long power grab.

The development also plunges the impoverished country deeper into turmoil and threatens to turn the crisis into a full-blown sectarian conflict, pitting the Iran-backed Houthi Shiites against Sunni tribesmen and secessionists in the south.

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