Government and rebels sign agreement to end crisis in Yemen

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Yemen’s government and Shiite Houthi rebels have signed a United Nations-sponsored deal to try to end a major political crisis in which rebels seized key strategic sites in the capital, Sanaa.

Under the agreement, a new government will be formed; the Houthis and the southern Herak movement have three days to present their candidate for prime minister.

The agreement was signed a few hours after the resignation of the hitherto prime minister, Muhammad Salim Basindawa.

The Houthis had demanded a new government and the restoration of fuel subsidies.