Bahah gov't receives Yemeni parliament approval

After months-long political crisis and Shia Houthi pressure

18 December, 16:55

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, DECEMBER 18 - Yemeni Prime Minister Khaled Bahah's government, formed on November 9, won a parliamentary vote of confidence on Thursday.

    The vote, reports Al-Arabiya, ensures a substantial majority to the government after months of violence in the country. It had previously been rejected by supporters of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh in a vote two days ago. Out of the 301 MPs that took part in the vote by raising their hands on Thursday, over 200 voted in favor. Official figures are not yet available, but the state-run news agency reported that the vote was unanimous. Yemen has long suffered a serious internal crisis stemming from a power struggle between President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and Shia Houthi rebels, who took control of the capital, Sanaa, in September and are allied with Saleh's supporters. Saleh led the country for 33 years prior to stepping down in early 2012 in response to a popular uprising. The Houthis have put pressure on Hadi for a new government giving them greater say in internal political affairs. A debate ended on Thursday on the program, and a parliamentary committee presented several recommendations that had arisen during the discussion and that Prime Minister Bahah has pledged to follow. (ANSAmed).

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