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Southern Yemeni governor says embattled leader Hadi considers himself legitimate president

A Yemeni man reads a newspaper featuring the front page with a photograph of former President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, and a headline in Arabic that reads, " did they release him or kidnap him?" in Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. Virtually powerless for months, Yemen’s overthrown President Hadi appeared ready to disappear from the country after fleeing Shiite rebels who held him captive in his own home. But the soft-spoken technocrat who long has avoided the limelight stepped back into it Saturday by renouncing his own resignation and challenging the Shiite Houthi rebels who hold control the capital and large parts of the country. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

A Yemeni man reads a newspaper featuring the front page with a photograph of former President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, and a headline in Arabic that reads, " did they release him or kidnap him?" in Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. Virtually powerless for months, Yemen’s overthrown President Hadi appeared ready to disappear from the country after fleeing Shiite rebels who held him captive in his own home. But the soft-spoken technocrat who long has avoided the limelight stepped back into it Saturday by renouncing his own resignation and challenging the Shiite Houthi rebels who hold control the capital and large parts of the country. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

A Yemeni governor says Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, the embattled leader who resigned the presidency last month and has fled the rebel-controlled capital, says he is still the country's legitimate president.

The governor of Aden, Abdel-Aziz bin Habtoor, tells The Associated Press that Hadi made the comments at a meeting with him and governors from four other provinces on Sunday.

Hadi met them in the southern city of Aden, where he arrived on Saturday and said that all actions taken since Shiite rebels stormed the capital Sanaa last September are illegitimate.

The logic behind Hadi's legitimacy, Habtoor said, is that parliament never ratified his resignation. The rebels, known as Houthis, first prevented the parliament from meeting and then dissolved it earlier this month.