Arab League welcomes formation of Yemeni Presidential Council

Yemeni Southern Transitional Council member and former Aden Governor Nasser Al-Khabji, left, and Yemen’s deputy Prime Minister Salem Al-Khanbashi sign a power-sharing deal in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (FILE/AP)

CAIRO, April 7 (RAHNUMA) — Arab League (AL) Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit on Thursday welcomed the Yemeni president’s decision to transfer his power to a newly established Yemeni Presidential Council, the AL said in a statement.

Aboul-Gheit expressed his hopes that the new body will lead the war-torn country to peace, calling on the Yemeni parties to preserve the ongoing truce as a step for continuing serious negotiations to end the suffering of Yemeni people.

“Peaceful settlement will restore peace and security, and prevent exploiting Yemen as a threat to its neighbors,” the statement added.

The newly established Yemeni Presidential Council, consisting of eight members and headed by Rashad Muhammad Al-Alimi, will have the power to rule the Yemeni state politically, militarily, and on the security front.

Yemen has been mired in a civil war since late 2014 when the Iran-backed Houthi militia seized control of several northern provinces and forced the Saudi-backed government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi out of the capital Sanaa.

The war has killed tens of thousands of people, displaced 4 million and pushed the country to the brink of starvation, according to the UN.

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