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Hadi's office silent on Bin Mubarak kidnapping.

Houthis were upset that Bin Mubarak was forging ahead with the new constitution. (ar.wikipedia.org)

SANA'A, Jan. 18--The whereabouts of Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak, President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi's chief of staff, remain unknown after he was kidnapped on Saturday. As of Monday evening, President Hadi and his office had yet to release a statement regarding his kidnapping.

Bin Mubarak's car was stopped by Houthis in the Faj Attan area in Sana'a's Hadda neighborhood. The group later claimed responsibility for his kidnapping.

"Bin Mubarak was on his way to attend a meeting to hand over the draft constitution to the National Authority for Monitoring the Implementation of NDC Outcomes," said a source in Sana'a's Security Department, who asked to remain anonymous. Houthis announced responsibility for the kidnapping hours later.

In a statement released Saturday afternoon, Houthis accused members of the National Authority of violating the articles of the Peace and National Partnership Agreement via the new constitution. "Those people [members of the National Authority] tried to pass off a draft of the new constitution that contained articles that violate NDC outcomes," the statement read.

The statement added that Houthi popular committees would take further steps to prevent additional violations of the NDC outcomes. Houthis later stated on Saturday that they would release Bin Mubarak on the condition that Hadi appoint a chief of staff.

Mohammed Al-Bukhaiti, a member of the Houthi Political Office in Sana'a, told the Yemen Times on Sunday that, "The problem isn't Bin Mubarak. It's more than that, this is about the shape of the state and future of the people," he added. He would not specify which specific articles of the constitution the Houthis considered to be a violation of the NDC outcomes.

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Publication:Yemen Times (Sana'a, Yemen)
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Date:Jan 19, 2015
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