New Yemeni government sworn-in, Houthis reject

The group said Hadi's choice of cabinet ministers "dashed hopes and did not abide by what was agreed upon".

New Yemeni government sworn-in, Houthis reject

World Bulletin/News Desk

The new Yemeni government was sworn in Sunday before the country's President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.

Thirty ministers took the oath before Hadi while three ministers, including Foreign Minister Abdullah al-Saidi, were unable to attend the ceremony because they're currently abroad, a government source told Anadolu Agency.

Three others have declined the nomination, the source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told AA.

In a press conference held after the swearing-in, Yemen's newly-appointed Prime Minister Khaled Bahah urged all political forces in the country to cooperate with his government and refrain from political disputes.

HOUTHIES REJECT

Yemen's Houthi movement, which seized the capital Sanaa in September, on Saturday rejected a new power-sharing government that President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi announced on Friday, thwarting his efforts to end the country's political crisis.

The group, which demands a bigger say for the country's Zaydi Shi'ite Muslim sect and controls Yemen's most powerful militia, said Hadi's choice of cabinet ministers "dashed hopes and did not abide by what was agreed upon".

Adding to Hadi's troubles, his own political party the General People's Congress ousted him as its leader on Saturday before itself rejecting his cabinet, thereby demonstrating its main loyalty to his predecessor and rival Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Hadi was forced to name a new government as part of a United Nations-brokered deal following the Houthis' entry into Sanaa on Sept. 21 after defeating rival political factions in battle.

Both the Houthis and the GPC were angered by a United Nations Security Council decision on Friday to subject Saleh and two of the Shi'ite movement's leaders to asset freezes and travel bans.

The U.N. sanctioned the three men for attempting to destabilise Yemen's fragile political transition from Saleh's 33-year rule after he was forced to step down in 2012 following mass street protests.

"Losing this position (as GPC leader) leaves Hadi without a power base outside the presidency. Previously he was speaking as both president and leader of one of the largest parties. Now he has lost this," said Mustafa Alani, a Gulf-based security analyst.

The new government was unveiled on Friday following weeks of deadlock among Yemen's political factions over the formation of the cabinet.

The new cabinet includes 37 ministers, including the prime minister, according to Yemeni television.

There are 29 newcomers in the new government, while seven ministers have retained their posts. The cabinet included members from the powerful Houthi group as well as figures from the southern separatist movement, locally known as al-Hirak.

Yemen has recently appeared to teeter on the verge of civil war, as Shiite Houthis seek to expand their influence beyond capital Sanaa – where they assumed control in September – to other parts of the country.

The Houthis backed Bahah's appointment as the new prime minister after opposing the earlier nomination of Hadi's office director Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak to succeed Mohamed Basindawa, who resigned in September.

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