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Official says Yemen's Shiite rebel group refuses delegation's proposal to halt their protests

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    Yemeni Shiite Hawthi rebels chant slogans demanding the government step down during a demonstration in a street leading to the Interior Ministry in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Thousands of supporters of the Hawthi group, a powerful Yemeni Shiite rebel group, escalated their standoff with the government on Friday, setting up tents near three ministries to press for the replacement of Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Bassindwa who they depict as "manipulated" by their rival Islamist group, the Muslim Brotherhood. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed) (The Associated Press)

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    Yemeni Shiite Hawthi rebels chant slogans demanding the government step down during a demonstration in a street leading to the Yemeni Interior Ministry in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Thousands of supporters of the Hawthi group, a powerful Yemeni Shiite rebel group, escalated their standoff with the government on Friday, setting up tents near three ministries to press for the replacement of Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Bassindwa who they depict as "manipulated" by their rival Islamist group, the Muslim Brotherhood. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed) (The Associated Press)

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    Policemen man a checkpoint on a street leading to the Interior Ministry in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Thousands of supporters of the Hawthi group, a powerful Yemeni Shiite rebel group, escalated their standoff with the government on Friday, setting up tents near three ministries to press for the replacement of Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Bassindwa who they depict as "manipulated" by their rival Islamist group, the Muslim Brotherhood. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed) (The Associated Press)

A Yemeni presidential delegation says a Shiite rebel group has refused to stop their anti-government protests.

Spokesman Abdel-Malek al-Mikhlafi said Sunday the delegation would head back to the capital, Sanaa, to discuss the situation with the president after the Hawthis rejected their draft proposal calling for a new government and a review of the country's economic policies to halt the demonstrations.

Al-Mikhlafi said on his official Facebook page that the delegation's proposal was "met with rejection, intransigence and insistence on ignoring the reality and the risks."

The negotiations took place in the northern Yemeni city of Saada.

Since Monday, the Hawthis have held massive rallies and set up tents near ministries in the capital, demanding the government's ouster and the reversal of a recent decision to end fuel subsidies.