Since Civil War Started In Yemen First Session to Be Held
Yemen’s internationally acknowledged government is arranging to hold its first parliamentary session, since the civil war broke out at the end of 2014.
The war erupted after Iran-supported Houthi militia took charge of Yemeni parliament and the nation’s capital city of Sana’a. Even though, parliamentary sessions under a Houthi regime have taken place since the battle emerged, none have under the government controlled by banished President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi.
A Yemeni MP informed that that the deputy of the parliament, Mohammed Al Shadadi, informed exiled MPs to fly to Riyadh, the Saudi Arabian capital, where the parliament members would be assembling before they fly to join those who are still in Yemen to convene the session. The deputy did not state that MPs on the venue or the day when the session would be held.
Mr Al Hazmi added that the government had obtained the required quorum of over 134 MPs for holding the session. The government’s step towards reviving the parliament comes as the Houthi regime fights to hold a disruptive election to fill parliamentary seats held by MPs who have declined to join the rebels and have escaped to Sana’a or elsewhere.
The Houthis intend to hold parliament sessions in the occupied capital because the former chairman of the Yemeni parliament, along with many other MPs, still works with them. For the Houthi rebels, holding the sessions from Sana’a makes their revolt seem more lawful.
The Yemeni parliament comprises of 301 MPs elected for a six-year term. The election in 2009 was delayed by the then president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who faced a ban from a coalition of smaller parties after failing to negotiate a new body to supervise the vote.