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Tens of thousands of Yemenis took to the streets over the past few weeks to commemorate the 2011 uprising against the regime of Ali Abdullah Saleh.Saleh and the Houthis remained antagonists through much of the 2012-2014 transition period of the National Dialogue Committee, but gradually came to share an opposition to interim President Hadi, who (with Gulf backing) monopolized the transition processes and shut out both the Houthis and Saleh.The Houthis may be exploring options for a Saleh-less future.At least two high-level GPC leaders have defected from Saleh's camp and currently reside in Riyadh, working with Saudi encouragement to peel away support for Saleh from GPC ranks in order to preserve a role for the party in a future Yemen.Although the Houthis want to see Saudi Arabia humbled (if not humiliated) – and thus persist in launching cross-border attacks into Saudi Arabia – a longer-term logic for both is to see Saleh permanently retired from Yemeni politics. With the Houthi-Saleh coalition not on the verge of defeat, there is room for the Saudis and Houthis to find some common ground in their ongoing talks and get the corrupt Saleh out of Yemeni politics.
Several factors will have an impact on post-conflict Yemen
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