US hails Yemen parliament meeting as step for institutions restructure

Washington (Debriefer)
2019-04-13 | Since 3 Month

Parliament meeting in Seyoun, Saturday

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The US Department of State hailed Saturday gathering of the Yemeni Parliament under legitimacy in Seyoun as the first step towards restructuring the state institutions and going ahead with the application of the National Dialogue outputs and peaceful transition, as intended by the GCC Initiative.

The Department also congratulated the Yemeni people for the reunion of their representatives after four years of devastating war.

The US envoy to Yemen said the session was an indication of advanced political process in the country.

This will lead the way to national reconciliation that could end the conflict and ensure better future for all Yemenis, said Ambassador Matthew Tueller on Twitter.

He hoped the declared reforms would bring about to stronger, more representative parliament and would play key role in rebuilding Yemen.

The Saudi ambassador said the meeting confirmed the Yemeni people's will to restore their state and "end the Iranian-backed Houthi militia project."

Ambassador Mohamed Al Jabir congratulated the Yemeni people, government, President Hadi and his deputy Ali Muhsin al-Ahmar.

The Yemeni Parliament held its first session in Seyoun under legitimacy since war started in March 2015, amid tightened security measures, in the presence of President Hadi, his deputy and Premier Maeen Abdulmalek.

145 lawmakers unanimously elected Sultan al-Barakani as speaker and Abdul Aziz Jubari, Mohamed al-Shadadi and Muhsin Basera as deputies.

The Legislature will hold the second session Sunday in Seyoun to discuss the public budget proposed by the internationally recognized government for approval, and other issues.

On Wednesday, President Hadi called for the session in the eastern governorate of Hadhramout under Yemeni law allowing for the president to locate any area inside the country, when it is insecure, to hold parliamentary session.

This is the first session held out of the Houthi-held capital Sana'a since the conflict raged between the Saudi-backed official government and the Iranian-backed rebels, who still control most populated provinces in northern Yemen.

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.

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

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