Yemeni president says Saudi-backed power-sharing deal reinforces unity against Houthis 

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-05 03:00:45|Editor: yan
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ADEN, Yemen, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- Yemeni President Abdu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi said on Monday that signing a power-sharing deal between his government and the Southern Transitional Council (STC) reinforces unity against the Houthi rebels.

Hadi held a meeting at his temporary residence in Saudi Arabia's capital of Riyadh with key leaders and politicians from the southern regions, state-run Saba News Agency reported.

Hadi "highlighted the southern issue as the core of peace and stability in Yemen" during his meeting with the political leaders.

"The result of the deal will be announced on Tuesday to reinforce the national unity within the framework of the new federal Yemen and completing the project aimed at ending the coup of the Houthi militia," he said.

The Saudi-brokered deal on Yemen is scheduled to be signed on Tuesday with the presence of key Arab leaders and politicians in Riyadh.

The deal stipulated that the power-sharing government will operate from the southern port city of Aden, the country's interim capital, and exercise all its tasks in serving the people from there.

In August, the STC seized control of the strategic southern port city of Aden and neighboring provinces following days of fighting with the government forces.

The STC is part of the Saudi-led Arab coalition that has been fighting Iran-backed Houthi militias in northern Yemen.

The impoverished Arab country has been locked in a civil war since late 2014, when the Houthis overran much of the country and seized all northern areas including the capital Sanaa.