Yemen’s armed Houthi rebels and their political allies have formed a new government, the rebel-run state news agency Saba reported, in what appeared a blow to UN-backed efforts to end 20 months of war in the country.

“The [Council] meeting stressed that the government, which was formed amid the difficult conditions experienced by the country, is tasked with putting in order the internal situation and confronting the aggression,” Saba news agency reported.

Rajeh Badi, a spokesperson for the government of exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, said the move showed “a disregard not just for the Yemeni people but also for the international community”.

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