Yemen parliament meets Saturday, PM in Seyoun amid tightened security

Seyoun (Debriefer)
2019-04-12 | Since 1 Year


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The Yemeni Parliament will hold Saturday in Seyoun its first session under legitimacy since March 2015, Debriefer correspondent cited informed sources as saying on Friday, amid tightened security measures.

The Yemeni Prime Minister, a number of ministers and lawmakers arrived Friday in Seyoun City of the eastern Hadhramout Governorate to attend the Parliament extraordinary meeting, Debriefer reporter added.

According to resources, the Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi is expected to arrive, along with heads of diplomatic missions, in Seyoun Saturday.

On Wednesday, President Hadi called for the session under a decree carried by the Aden-based Saba.

This is the first session to be held out of the Houthi-held capital Sana'a since the 4-year war raged between the internationally-recognized Saudi-backed government and the Iranian-backed rebels, who still control most populated provinces in northern Yemen.

Saudi Patriot-equipped and Yemeni presidential guard forces arrived last Saturday in Seyoun to secure the session.

Hadhramout Governor Faraj al-Bohsoni welcomed MPs and ministers in Seyoun, according to the Aden-based Saba.

On Thursday, Arab coalition air defense have downed a Houthi drone over Seyoun, said Bohsoni, also commander of the second military region. Later, Houthi group denied, accusing the government and coalition of fabricating pretexts.

This comes after Hadi have failed to hold the session in Aden, seat of the internationally recognized government, following rejection and threats by the Emirati-backed southern transitional council.

The Yemeni Parliament has been experiencing division following the war, with most of its members in Houthi-held areas holding semi-regular sessions in Sana'a, including Speaker Raa'i. But their number has increasingly declined after former president Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed in his house by Houthis on the 4th of December, 2017, two days after he had declared his GPC party's disconnection from partnership with the rebels and called for uprising against the group.

Thus, Houthis have been unable to meet quorum needed to hold a session in an area under their control, giving the way for Hadi administration to attract the larger number of MPs and bring them together.

A Parliament session requires the quorum of 137 MPs to be held. The Yemeni legislature consists of 301 seats, but 32 of them are now vacant.

On Wednesday, Houthi group threatened that any member of the Yemeni Parliament attends the session would be held accountable and charged with "gross treason".

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