Tens of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) supporters on Monday staged rally calling for self-rule in the Yemeni southeastern governorate of Hadhramout.
The demonstrators raised signs calling for "self-government in the Valley of Hadhramout," affirming their support to the "southern leadership" represented by the Emirati-backed STC.
In a statement, the Hadhramout-based STC called for the provincial oil exports be stopped, accusing the Yemeni internationally-recognized "corrupt" government of looting these exports whose revenues should be deposited into a special account run by Hadhramout self-management.
Hadhrami elite salaries should be immediately paid, their livings be improved in reward for their role in securing Hadhramout, and their forces be deployed across the governorate.
On 26 April, the STC announced state of emergency and self-government in Aden and other southern provinces under its control, a move that was locally and internationally rebuffed.
Last Saturday, the UAE-backed STC did the same in Socotra, after seizing the government's offices and military bases in the Indian Ocean island.
The official government of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi denounced the move as a "complete coup" by "gangsters".