The Southern Transitional Council (STC), which is loyal to UAE, rose again on Monday, against the authority loyal to the coalition in southern Yemen, of which it is part.
Aidaroos Al-Zubaidi, head of the Southern Transitional Council and a member of the Presidential Council in Aden Authority, returned to the scene as a “president”, where he sent a message to the Chinese president congratulating him on the Chinese New Year.
Al-Zubaidi included his message by addressing the Chinese president in his capacity as the president of the south people and not a member of the Presidential Council.
Although the congratulations are not meaningful to the Chinese, but it was considered by observers to be part of the conflicts within the Presidency Council, especially as it coincides with the seeds of a new escalation of the Transitional Council with the talk of its leaders, most notably the Deputy Secretary-General of the Presidency council, Fadl Al-Jaadi, about the Transitional movement towards “disengagement” according to what was reported by Al-Dustour newspaper.
In the context, the military expert in the Transitional Council, Khaled Al-Nasi, revealed that Riyadh-Sana’a agreement ends the Council’s partnership in the authority of the Presidential Council and Aden government, given that the goal was “returning to Sana’a.”
Al-Nasi indicated in a post on his social media page that there are southern entitlements that should be focused on during the next stage instead of following the Saudi agreement and what he described as “Houthis,” hinting that the agreement may lead to dismantling the pro-coalition authority.
It is not yet clear whether STC’s moves reflect a strategy for the post-agreement phase sponsored by Sana’a authority, or whether it reflects the new tension between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi.