Yemen’s president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi on Thursday ceded his power to the presidential leadership council and also sacked his Vice President Ali Mohsen al-Amar aimed at supporting UN-led efforts to end the civil war in Yemen.
In a televised statement, Hadi said that the new body will assume the duties of both the president and his deputy, which will be tasked with running the government during a “transitional period.”
Hadi said the council has the responsibility to carry talks with the Houthis to achieve a permanent ceasefire and a political settlement to the Yemen conflict.
Hadi’s advisor, and the former interior minister, Rashad al-Alimi would lead the leadership council and would assume the duties of the president and his deputy.
The development came when the Saudi-led coalition and Iran-aligned Houthis, the two warring sides in the Yemen conflict, have agreed to a ceasefire to coincide with Ramadan.
UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg said that the two sides “will put down their weapons for two months.”
The truce began Saturday evening, which marked the beginning of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
“The parties agreed to halt all offensive military air, ground and maritime operations inside Yemen and across its borders,” Grundberg added.
US President Joe Biden also welcomed the news and said that this “initiative is a long-awaited reprieve for the Yemeni people.”
“These are important steps, but they are not enough. The ceasefire must be adhered to, and as I have said before, it is imperative that we end this war,” Biden in a statement.
Meanwhile, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson also welcomed the ceasefire, calling it a “window of opportunity to finally secure peace and end the humanitarian suffering, urging all parties to work towards a lasting political solution.”
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