Yemen: New government formed including Southern Transitional Council

Cairo: A new Yemeni government has been formed as part of a Saudi-brokered pact between the internationally recognised authority and the Southern Transitional Council (STC).

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Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi has decreed the formation of the 24-member government, led by previous prime minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed , Yemen’s official news agency reported.

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Ahmed Awwad Bin Mubarak has been named foreign minister and Gen. Mohammed Ali Al Maqdashi defence minister.

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The announcement comes after the deployment of military forces was completed in southern Yemen in line with the power-sharing deal.

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In November last year, the Yemeni government and the STC signed the accord, officially dubbed the Riyadh Agreement, which ended a months-long feud between both sides to refocus efforts on fighting Al Houthi militia.

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The accord provides for forming a 24-strong government equally composed from Yemen’s southern and northern provinces, excluding Al Houthis.

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Earlier this month, a Saudi-led Arab alliance fighting in Yemen started overseeing the redeployment process as part of the Riyadh deal.

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Al Houthis, aligned with Iran, have plunged Yemen into a devastating conflict after they toppled the internationally recognised government and overran the capital Sana’a in late 2014.

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