The United Nations envoy to Yemen says rival factions, including the country's Shiite rebels, have agreed on a new legislative body to serve during the country's upcoming transition period.

Jamal Benomar said on Friday that the various parties have taken an "important step" toward a political resolution to the current crisis by creating a new legislative body consisting of former and new lawmakers.

But a coalition of Yemeni parties voiced objections to the plan, describing it as an insufficient half-solution. Benomar says other issues, including the status of the presidency, remain on the table.

Yemen has been locked in a political crisis since Shiite rebels known as Houthis swept the capital in September. The rebels eventually forced the resignation of the elected Western-backed president and dissolved the parliament.