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Adel al-Ahmadi

Yemeni prime minister and others released from house arrest

The Houthis released cabinet ministers after two months of house arrest [Anadolu]

Date of publication: 16 March, 2015

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After efforts made by the UN envoy to Yemen, the Houthis have released Yemeni ministers held under house arrest in Yemen for two months.
The Yemeni prime minister and cabinet ministers held under house arrest in Sanaa for two months have been released, outgoing Prime Minister Khaled Bahah announced Monday.

The ministers release is due to efforts made by UN Envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar and other local political actor


"This is a gesture of goodwill and reflects a sense of commitment to push forward the current peace process under UN sponsorship,' Bahah said in a press statement.

Yemen's government resigned on 22 January and affirmed it does not intend to act as a caretaker government due to the exceptional conditions.
     This is a gesture of goodwill and reflects a sense of commitment to push forward the current peace process.

Bahah said that in doing so, his government had made way for political components to shoulder their national responsibility of reaching an agreement and of putting the transitional political process back on track. This process, he said, is based on the Gulf initiative and its implementation mechanism, the outcome of the national dialogue, and the Peace and Partnership Agreement.


"I say goodbye to you as I leave my beloved capital, Sanaa, for a while. I will go to visit my family, following nearly two months of house arrest, which was a unique experience. Despite the pain of staying in one place and having the freedom of movement restricted, those pains turned into a great experience thanks to the loyalty of great friends I know and have previously experienced and others I happened to know and identify their true mettle and high morals," Bahah said.


The outgoing prime minister also called on all political and social segments to preserve the security, stability, and unity of Yemen, and work seriously, responsibly, and with good faith to avoid the consequences of a political setback. He also called on them to preserve the state and all its civil, security, and military institutions, and keep these neutral away from political interferences and bickering by any side and under any pretext.

This article is an edited translation from our Arabic edition.

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