World UN envoy arrives in Aden to meet Yemen’s Hadi

UN envoy arrives in Aden to meet Yemen’s Hadi

Yemen's President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi (R) meets UN envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar in Aden on February 26, 2015
Yemen’s President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi (R) meets UN envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar in Aden on February 26, 2015

(AA) – UN envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar arrived Wednesday in the southern Yemeni city of Aden to meet with embattled President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi and other political leaders, a source close to the president said.

Benomar is expected to brief Hadi on proposals to end the political crisis in the country, including the formation of a presidential council at Hadi’s helm or the appointment of one of his deputies to oversee a transitional period, the source, requesting anonymity, told The Anadolu Agency.

The UN envoy is due to hold a press conference in Aden later in the day to brief press on the progress of talks, the source added.

In February, Hadi fled Sanaa – where he had been placed under house arrest by Shiite Houthi militants for weeks – to Aden.

Upon his arrival in the southern city, Hadi dismissed as “null” and “illegitimate” all recent decrees issued by the militant Shiite group. He also wrote to Yemen’s parliament withdrawing a resignation he had tendered earlier.

On Feb. 6, the Houthis issued what they described as a constitutional declaration, dissolving parliament and establishing a 551-member transitional council.

The declaration, however, was rejected by most of Yemen’s political forces – along with some neighboring Gulf countries – which described it as a coup against constitutional legitimacy.

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