Updated February 6th, 2024 at 11:56 IST
Yemen Appoints Foreign Minister Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak As New PM
Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak has replaced Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed, who was Yemen's premier since 2018.
Sanaa: In a surprise move, Yemen's foreign minister Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak has been named as country's new Prime Minister after the internationally recognised presidential council on Monday sacked the sitting PM. Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak has replaced Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed, who was Yemen's premier since 2018.
The presidential council's decision comes at a time when a US-led coalition has been striking targets of the government's rivals, the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. However, there is no clarity on why the move was made.
“Today I assume this position with determination and determination to achieve tangible results in the lives of every Yemeni man and woman, aware of the suffering our honorable people are going through and the sacrifices they have made and are still making in their battle to end the coup, restore the state, and win the values of the Republic of Yemen and its authentic national democratic principles,” said Bin Mubarak in a post on X (formerly Twitter) after being appointed as the Prime Minister of Yemen.
Who is Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak?
Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak, appointed as the Yemen's new prime minister, is widely viewed as a fierce opponent of the Houthi. He first gained prominence in 2015 when, amid a power struggle with then-President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, he was abducted by the Houthis while serving as Yemen's presidential chief of staff. In 2018, he was designated as the country's representative to the United Nations.
Bin Mubarak is also said to be close to Saudi Arabia.
Current Situation in Yemen
Yemen has been embroiled in a civil war since 2014, when the Iran-backed rebels- known as the Houthis- overran the capital, Sanaa, and much of the north.
A Saudi-led coalition intervened months later and has been battling the rebels since 2015 to try and restore the internationally recognized government to power. The war has devastated Yemen, already the poorest Arab country, and created one of the world's worst humanitarian disasters. More than 150,000 people, including fighters and civilians, have been killed.
In recent months, the Houthis engaged in negotiations with Saudi Arabia, which has sought an exit from the stalemated war. The two sides said they have achieved positive results to revive an expired cease-fire. The Houthi-Saudi talks have been part of broader efforts to find a political settlement to the conflict.
The peace efforts have been hampered since Israel-Hamas war broke out in October. The Houthis have attacked shipping routes in the Red Sea as part of what they say is their response to Israel's campaign against the Palestinian militants, who are - like the Houthis - backed by Iran.
The Houthi attacks have prompted the US and Britain to launch waves of strikes on rebel-held areas in Yemen.
(With inputs from AP)
Published February 6th, 2024 at 07:36 IST