Yemen’s exile president “hands over power” to deputies

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According to a statement from Hadi’s office, the council will be responsible for Yemen’s political, military and security affairs.

The statement said a separate 50-member council will be formed to oversee the consultations and reconciliation process in Yemen and to assist the Presidential Council in its negotiations with the Houthis on a ceasefire in Yemen.

This follows media reports that Riyadh has decided to drop its support for Hadi. The reports were triggered after the former president was not invited to the consultations with the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council involved.

Amid Hadi’s announcement that he has ceded power to his deputy, a senior member of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council, Mohammad al-Houthi, released a tweet saying Hadi has no power in Yemen, to another person to resign.

The Saudi-led coalition launched aggression against Yemen in March 2015 after Hadi resigned and fled the country.

Hadi later claimed to still hold the presidency while in exile in Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi-led war has claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and has brought the country to the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe.

The United Nations has described the situation in Yemen as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.

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