Yemen's deputy speaker of parliament, Mohsen Basurra, announced on Wednesday the suspension of his membership in the presidency of the council in protest against the deterioration of service conditions in the province of Hadramout in eastern Yemen, including the increasing suffering of electricity and security chaos in Hadramout valley and the failure of the "legitimate" Yemeni government to fulfill its internationally recognized obligations.
In a letter, obtained by Debriefer news agency, of comment to Council President Sultan al-Barakani, Basurra attributed this decision to the government failure, represented by its Prime Minister, to comply to the recommendations of the Council when approving the general budget of the state for 2019 in Sieyun on 16 April 2019.
Basurra explained that the comment came because the government did not implement the urgent recommendations to solve the problem of electricity on the Coast of Hadramout, which is to provide a gas power plant with a capacity of 100 MW and provide diesel and diesel for electricity at the expense of the government and the formation of a government committee to go down to Hadramout valley to assess the security situation and provide security requirements for Hadramout valley.
"Given the passage of more than 3 months and none of these recommendations have been fulfilled or the promises made by the Prime Minister himself, I am not honored to continue to exercise my duties in the presidency and the membership of the Council and suspend my membership until the government fulfills its obligations in accordance with the recommendations of the Council and not with patchwork solutions.", Basurra said.
He added: "This position is not bias to Hadramout because it is my province, but through my post I have followed many of the issues of citizens for a number of provinces, segments and categories with the ministries concerned and solved some of them, and some of them are still in follow-up "
Demonstrators in Mukalla on Tuesday blocked a number of the Yemeni eastern port city's main streets in protest of the lengthy blackouts.
The protestors closed main roads in al-Sharj and al-Dice, said eyewitnesses, blocking the traffic in Mukalla.
They protested the power bad service amid increa se in temperature and damp, witnesses added noting that the city saw 15-hour blackout on Monday.
Protestors started blocking roads late on Monday, stopping tens of trucks.
Separately, the official ministry of electricity and energy has said a vessel with 3,821 tons of gasoil on board arrived in Aden port on Monday to operate generators in Mukalla and Hadhramout Coast.
The shipment has been urgently purchased and 12 trucks of gas oil have been sent from Aden Refinery to supply power plants in Hadhramout, the ministry added in a release.
The plants will be constantly supplied from Aden Refinery until the situation is fully stable, and other shipments of gas oil will arrive in the few coming days, the release read, noting that this would greatly reduce the blackouts.
Yemen has been racked by over 4-year bloody conflict between the internationally-recognized Yemeni government's forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who ousted the government in 2014.