Government of Yemen is back in Aden
Yemen’s government returned to Aden yesterday – a significant step towards implementing a power-sharing deal with the Southern Transitional Council.
Prime Minister Maeen Saeed arrived at Aden airport with several Cabinet members including his deputy, Salem Al Khanbashi, and the ministers of finance, higher education, electricity and energy, and endowments.
The governor of the central bank and several junior officials returned with the prime minister, a government official told The National.
“The prime minister and his team will start working from the government seat in the presidential palace in the Masheeq area in Aden,” the official said.
The government is returning to Aden for the first time since August, when forces allied to the STC seized the port city and other southern areas after clashes with government troops.
“The government’s priorities are to normalise the situation in Aden first and then consolidate state institutions on the ground ... as a guarantor of stability,” Mr Saeed said.
The government official said the ministers would start work on resuming the payment of employee salaries and restoring basic services.
President Abdrabu Mansur Hadi and STC leader Aidarous Al Zoubaidi signed a powersharing agreement in Riyadh on November 5 to settle differences between the two sides. The deal paves the way for government and STC forces to resume their alliance against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels who seized the capital, Sanaa, in late 2014, triggering the civil war.
In a new escalation, the rebels yesterday seized two South Korean vessels.
“At 2am on Monday, the Houthi militia seized two South Korean ships, one carrying drilling equipment and its 28-person crew, which is formed of different nationalities, and a tanker carrying 500,000 barrels of oil and its crew,” Col Wathah Al Dubaish told The National.
“This proves that the Houthi rebels have no real desire to seriously engage in the peace process,” he said.