Resignation of Yemen's President and Prime Minister of "serious concern"

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A demonstration in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a. Photo: IRIN/Adel Yahya (file)

The resignation of the President and Prime Minister of Yemen is a cause for serious concern, according to the UN Secretary-General.

President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi Mansour and Prime Minister Khaled Bahah submitted their resignations on Thursday.

Media reports indicated that Houthi fighters had advanced in the capital, Sana'a, surrounding the President's home for several days.

Yemen has been unstable following political turmoil that started with protests in 2011 forcing the then president, Ali Abdallah Saleh to step down the following year.

The UN chief Ban Ki-moon is calling on all sides to exercise maximum restraint and maintain peace and stability during what he called uncertain times in Yemen.

He also urged all sides to remain fully engaged with his Special Adviser on Yemen, Jamal Benomar, who is currently in the capital, Sana'a.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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