Yemen president arrives in Hadramout to attend first parliamentary session

Source: Xinhua| 2019-04-13 16:38:51|Editor: xuxin
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ADEN, Yemen, April 13 (Xinhua) -- Yemen's internationally-backed President Abdu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi arrived Saturday in the country's southeastern province of Hadramout coming from Saudi Arabia to attend an extraordinary session of the country's parliament.

President Hadi along with high-ranking government officials returned from Riyadh and landed at the international airport of Seiyun district in Hadramout province, according to local Yemeni sources.

In Seiyun city, Yemen's House of Representatives started in convening their first time session since the war started in 2015 with the presence of President Hadi.

The pro-government MPs totally agreed during the extraordinary session in Seiyun city and elected Sultan al-Barakani as new speaker of Yemen's parliament, according to the local sources.

The Yemeni government sources confirmed to Xinhua that only 141 MPs attended Saturday's session of the pro-government parliament that is made made up of 301 MPs and elected for a six-year term.

The six-year term is already expired as the last Yemeni parliamentary elections occurred in 2009 during the era of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The session of the House of Representatives comes based upon a request issued by Hadi who chose the country's city of Seiyun to hold the first parliamentary session as the security conditions are not fully stable in the country's southern port city of Aden.

Heavy Yemeni security forces backed by elite Saudi troops were deployed in Seiyun city amid tightened measures to secure the city with the start of the first parliamentary session.

The Houthi rebels based in the capital Sanaa described the pro-Hadi parliament meeting as a "felony," vowing to take serious action against the participants.

The Iranian-allied Houthis launched a large military campaign and seized Sanaa in late 2014, forcing Hadi and his government to flee into exile in neighboring Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi-led Arab coalition intervened militarily and began pounding Houthi-controlled Sanaa in March 2015, in response to an official request from Hadi to protect Yemen and roll back Iran's influence.

The conflict between the Houthis and the Saudi-backed government in Yemen has recently entered its fifth year, aggravating the suffering of Yemenis and deepening the world's worst humanitarian crisis.