In Yemen, president dismisses vice president and transfers powers to new leadership council

By Reuters, 8 April
Flag of Yemen (photo credit: Kaufdex via Pixabay)
Flag of Yemen (photo credit: Kaufdex via Pixabay)
Yemen's president said on [7 April] he has dismissed Vice President Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar and delegated his own powers to a presidential council that will carry out leadership duties. The new body will assume the duties of both the president and his deputy, said a statement from President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. The new council will carry out political, military and security duties for the Yemeni government during what it refers to as a "transitional period". [...] Seven years of conflict have divided Yemen between an internationally-recognised government led by Hadi and backed by Saudi Arabia based in the southern city of Aden, and the Houthis in Sanaa. Dismissed Vice-President al-Ahmar is a politically powerful military general.The leadership council, made up of a chair and seven deputy chairmen, will be led by Rashad Al-Alimi, a security official who was interior minister during the former presidency of Ali Abdullah Saleh. [...] A U.N.-brokered two-month truce began across Yemen [...] the first nationwide cessation of hostilities since 2016.
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