Yemen: Southern Transitional Council hails new government

Cairo: Yemen’s Southern Transitional Council (STC) has welcomed the announcement of a new government equally representing the country’s south and north under a long-delayed deal.

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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, in line with a power-sharing pact mediated by Saudi Arabia.

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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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Deputy Secretary-General of the STC Presidency Fadl Mohammed has described the new government as “pivotal step towards consolidating partnership” in the country.

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Ending war

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“The 1,000-mile journey towards ending war and the coup as well as reaching the political solution starts with the prompt implementation of the provisions of the Riyadh Agreement,” he added in a statement.

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“Anyone refusing this does not care at all about the situation of the country and the need of people in the north and south for peace and stability,” Mohammed added.

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

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The rebels, aligned with Iran, have plunged Yemen into a devastating conflict after they staged a coup against the internationally recognised government and overran the capital Sana’a in late 2014.

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