A southern journalist has on Monday ridiculed the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council’s virtual victories in the Jeddah dialogue, saying that “it is the biggest loser, contrary to what the media reports about it.”
In a lengthy post on his Facebook page, journalist Saleh al-Hanashi explained how the Riyadh Agreement has pulled the rug out from under the STC, and that it no longer had any spheres of influence on the ground, except for Lahj province and parts of Abyan province.
As for the rest of the southern provinces, al-Hanashi said that they “have come under other administrations not associated with the transitional council, even if they were from south, as in the provinces of Hadhramaut and Mahrah,” referring that Shabwah province is controlled by Hadi’s government, as well as large parts of Abyan.
Aden, the center of STC power, “will have a special status and administration that is not under the authority of any of the parties to the conflict,” he added.
Al-Hanashi said that the Southern Transitional Council’s leadership insists on selling the illusion of control to its supporters, by talking about alleged victories.