The UAE-backed Southern Transitional Coalition pitches itself as the true power in the south, not Hadi’s government.
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Southern separatists in Yemen say they are committed to a ceasefire in the city of Aden with the Saudi-led coalition.
At least 40 people were killed in four days of fighting as the UAE-backed forces overran government bases and the presidential palace.
Now, the group is pitching itself as a natural partner to Saudi Arabia, hoping to have a greater say in the future.
Al Jazeera’s Andrew Chappelle reports.