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UK Welcomes Yemen Holding First Parliamentary in Years

UK Welcomes Yemen Holding First Parliamentary in Years

Monday, 15 April, 2019 - 11:45
Fighters loyal to Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi call clash with Houthi fighters (not pictured) outside Hadi's house in the country's southern port city of Aden April 19, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
Riyadh- Abdelhadi Habtour
The UK has welcomed the internationally-recognized Yemeni government’s move to convene the first parliamentary session in four years, after a coupist war effort has descended the country into chaos and brought legislative work to a screeching halt.

Electing a parliament speaker and deputies is an important and positive step, a British diplomat has said.

Michael Aron, the UK ambassador to Yemen, confirmed that the parliamentary introductory session held last Saturday in the city of Seiyun in Hadramaut is a “success.”

In a phone interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Aaron voiced optimism towards the unanimous consensus which appointed Sultan Al-Burkani as speaker and three other lawmakers. Litigation is a crucial pillar for state sovereignty, and the Yemeni parliament’s reboot of sessions ushers the return of institutional stability.

Upcoming parliamentary sessions will be held to approve the general budget, set a schedule for deputies, select the heads of parliamentary committees, and to determine legislative priorities set to tackle pressing state affairs.

As for developments concerning the UN-brokered Stockholm Agreement, signed last December in Sweden, Aaron said that the international community is pending the response of both warring parties to the new Hodeidah truce implementation roadmap submitted by UN Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC) head Lt. Gen Michael Anker Lollesgaard.

Lollesgaard, as reported by Aaron, has mailed, in writing, a 45-page detailed roadmap to both the government and Houthi insurgency delegation. The British diplomat also expressed his hope for both parties to agree to the plan.

UN Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths and Lollesgaard are both slated to report developments to the UN Security Council meeting in New York on Monday. Should the parties accept the implementation plan, Aaron said it would mean that progress has been achieved some four months after concluding the Stockholm consultations.

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