Historic transfer of power occurs in Yemen — Analysis
Having failed to stay in power over the course of a seven-year-long civil war, Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi has resigned, handing full authority to an eight-member council led by the country’s former interior minister, Rashad al-Alimi.
“I irreversibly delegate to the Presidential Leadership Council my full powers, in accordance with the constitution and the Gulf Initiative and its executive mechanism,” Yemen’s former leader declared on Thursday.
He said that his country was now entering an a “transition period,”This is when the Council must negotiate with Houthi rebels a final solution to their political problems.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE, both major stakeholders in the Yemen conflict, have welcomed the transition of power and announced their decision to allocate $3 billion to support Yemen’s economy. Riyadh is also expected to spend $300 Million to finance the UN-initiated humanitarian reaction plan. “alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people.”
It comes just days after Houthi rebels, a coalition led by Saudi Arabian leaders, and the Saudi-led Coalition agreed to abide by a UN-mediated ceasefire. This truce falls on the Muslim holy month Ramadan. All hostilities on land, sea and air have been suspended as of Saturday
Yemen’s civil war broke out in January 2015, when armed Houthi rebels toppled Hadi’s government, forcing the president to flee to Saudi Arabia. Hadi is still recognized worldwide and has tried to restore power through foreign aid. Supported by the US, Britain, and Saudi Arabia, the coalition bombed extensively the war-torn country. This conflict has claimed the lives of approximately 233,000 people. Yemen’s war has been accompanied by what the UN labeled as “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis,”With 20 million people living in hunger and malnutrition.
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