Yemen takes oath in Presidential Council

Yemen’s new Presidential Council was sworn in on Tuesday in the southern port city of Aden

The swearing-in took place in front of parliament in a ceremony attended by Gulf officials, foreign ambassadors and US and UN envoys to Yemen.

Aden has been the interim seat of legitimate government since Iran-backed Houthi militias seized the capital of Sanaa in 2014, sparking Yemen’s long war.

The presidential council was appointed earlier this month following the departure of former president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. Hadi transferred his powers and those of his vice president to the council, which will run the country and lead the peace talks with the Houthis.

The seven-member council is chaired by Rashad al-Alimi, Hadi’s adviser and former interior minister. The council members are Sultan Ali Al-Arada, Tariq Mohammed Saleh, Abdurrahman Abu Zaraa, Abdullah Al-Alimi Bawazeer, Othman Hussein Majali, Aidaros Qassem Al-Zubaidi and Faraj Salmin Al-Bahsani.

Several Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) ambassadors, led by Saudi Ambassador Mohammad Al Jaber, were present at the historic meeting which Yemenis hope will be a positive turning point in the country’s path to end the war.

Speaker of the Yemeni Parliament, Sultan al-Barakani, confirmed that the legislative body will support the newly formed Presidential Council and the government to help them carry out their national duties and achieve a just and permanent peace in Yemen.

Barakani also said parliament would support the return of authority to institutional work and help repair the flaw that marred the past stage and cast a shadow over the government’s performance at the economic, administrative, political and military levels.

Yemeni political analyst Mahmoud Al-Taher believes that Yemen is entering “a new era of determination and firmness to end the war”.

Taher also believes that “there is an openness to all avenues, including politics, which began with the formation of the council, and which extends the hand of peace, despite great challenges.”

Speaking about the challenges facing the country, Taher stressed the need to restructure and reposition the armed and security forces as they are the main guarantor of the peace or war process.

“Another challenge is present in the diligent work necessary to restore the institutional working of the state, including the completion of the redistribution and reform of state institutions, especially those that were and still are affiliated with a political tendency,” Taher told Asharq Al-Awsat.

According to Taher, this aims to create harmony in the management of institutions between the political components participating in the council.

“The process of reforming economic institutions and services must begin in order to normalize the situation and provide basic services,” Taher added, stressing that the political path takes the first place in the complexity and difficulties facing the country. advice.

Taher explained that the challenges revolve around the Houthis’ seriousness towards peace and the formation of negotiation and specialized committees, including security and military, which will be in charge of a ceasefire if the group supported by the government. Iran engages positively in peace efforts.

“Resolving fundamental political issues between the different components of the council, such as the southern issue and others, is seen as one of the most important challenges the council will face in the next stage, as resolving them is an essential starting point for the process of unifying the ranks and starting the overall peace process,” Taher explained.

Kevin E. Boling