Yemen's parliament approves new cabinet

Published December 18th, 2014 - 02:35 GMT

The Yemeni parliament has given a vote of confidence to the government of Prime Minister Khaled Mahafoudh Bahah following months of severe political crisis.

The majority of over 200 lawmakers who were present at the voting session in Yemen's 301-seat legislature approved the new 36-member government of the Southwest Asian country on Thursday.

"Parliament has voted unanimously to give confidence to the government," said lawmaker Abdu al-Huzayfi.

The approval of the Yemeni cabinet after lawmakers loyal to the country’s longtime dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh derailed a vote of confidence scheduled for two days ago. The move prompted Bahah to threaten to quit.

Saleh, who ruled Yemen for 33 years, stepped down in February 2012 under a US-backed power transfer deal in return for immunity after a year of mass street demonstrations in the Arab state demanding his ouster.

Last month, Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi nominated Bahah, the former oil and minerals minister, as the country's new premier to form the national unity government and end the unrest in the country.

Yemen's political turmoil erupted in September after the former premier, Mohammed Basindawa, who was close to pro-government Salafist Islah party, resigned as part of the demands by Ansarullah fighters.

On November 2, Yemen’s main political parties, including the Ansarullah revolutionaries, signed a UN-brokered truce deal in a bid to put an end to the country's political turmoil.

The revolutionaries have driven al-Qaeda militants out of many areas across Yemen. They also played a major role in the ouster of Saleh.


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