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Yemen will resume national talks on Monday: UN envoy

8 February 2015 21:54

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Yemen will resume national talks in the presence of all factions over its future, UN envoy to Sana’a, Jamal Benomar says just a few days after the formation of a transitional council by Shia Houthi fighters.

On Friday, Yemen’s Ansarullah movement announced a constitutional declaration on Transitional National Council, which is to replace Yemen’s parliament.

According to the constitutional declaration, the Transitional National Council will be set up to elect the presidential council in a bid to end the country’s persisting political deadlock.

Speaking to reporters in Sana’a on Sunday, Benomar said the leader of Shia Houthi fighters, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, and all political Yemeni parties have agreed to resume dialog on Monday.

“I stress on the need for all political leaderships to take up their responsibilities and achieve consensus to overcome this political impasse the country is going through,” Benomar added.

He insisted on a “peaceful solution” to the ongoing crisis in the Arab country.

UN chief’s stance on Yemen

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Sunday that President Abd Rabbu Mansur Hadi must be restored to power in Yemen.

“The situation is very, very seriously deteriorating, with the Houthis taking power and making this government vacuum. There must be restoration of legitimacy of President Hadi,” Ban told reporters.

This is while Abdul-Malik al-Houthi said in a public address on Saturday that the formation of a transitional council can thwart all plots against Yemen as it would put an end to the political vacuum in the Arab country.

In September 2014, Ansarullah fighters gained control of the capital city of Sana’a, following a four-day battle with army forces loyal to General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, the half-brother of the country’s former dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The Ansarullah revolutionaries say the Yemeni government has been incapable of properly running the affairs of the country and providing security.

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