Sanaa residents are hopeful after Houthis and the Yemeni government come to a tentative agreement over the country's political crisis. Nathan Frandino reports.
Calm has returned to the streets of Sanaa just days after violence erupted in the Yemeni capital. Despite patrols of Houthi rebels through much of the city, a tentative deal to defuse the country's political crisis has been reached. Residents remain hopeful. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SANAA RESIDENT AHMED AL-SHOBI, SAYING: "I hope the situation will get better and Yemen becomes more secure now that an agreement has been reached." The government confirmed a power-sharing agreement with the Houthi rebels - who remain on guard at the presidential palace. The Houthis will have to remove their men from the palace and release the president's chief of staff. Some residents worry that the parties involved could put their personal gain first. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SANAA RESIDENT MOHAMED ALI FARIA, SAYING: "I hope this agreement will be for the good of Yemen. The signatory parties to the agreement are the ones who will decide whether to work for the good of Yemen or for their own interests and other foreign agendas." Since the agreement, the country is moving to reopen state institutions, schools, universities, and sea and air ports after they closed during this week's violence.