Sunday, April 14, 2019 ((rezonodwes.com)) – The Parliament of Yemen met in the presence of Yemeni President Abdrabbo Mansour Hadi, Prime Minister Maïn Abdelmalek Saïd and delegates from Arab and foreign countries on Saturday in Seiyun, in the south-east of the country, for the first time since the beginning of the civil war that ravaged the country in March 2015.
“I extend my sincere congratulations to the Yemeni people for the first time. constitutional meeting of its elected legislative authority, “said the Yemeni President in a speech at the opening of the extraordinary parliamentary session, adding that it was” at a very important moment in the history of the country, at the crossroads between options for peace and war. “
Accusing the Houthis of intransigence, maneuvering and obstruction of the United Nations peace efforts in Yemen, he stressed that “Yemenis are restoring one of the most important institutions in their state after a long struggle.”
Yemeni lawmakers elected Sultan al-Barakani, deputy secretary general of General Congress of the People, in power, as President of Parliament
M. Al-Barakani said in a speech that the convocation of the Yemeni Parliament “is in line with Yemen's Constitution”. Stressing his full support for “any local, regional or international effort to bring peace to Yemen”, he called on the Houthis “to abandon violence and become a political component that exercises its rights in accordance with the Yemeni Constitution”.
Over 141 deputies from the 301-member Parliament attended Saturday's session to support the Saudi-backed Yemeni government. Parliament's six-year term has already expired, with the last parliamentary elections in 2009, at the time of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Houthi rebels based in the capital Sana'a called the pro-Hadi Parliament meeting of “crime”, pledging to take serious action against the participants. Parliamentarians loyal to the Houthis have been gathering since August 2016 at the headquarters of the Yemeni House of Representatives in Sanaa.
Iran's Houthi allies launched a massive military campaign and took Sanaa in late 2014, forcing M Hadi and his government go into exile in neighboring Saudi Arabia
The Arab coalition led by Ryad intervened militarily and began bombing Sanaa in March 2015, in response to an official request by Hadi to protect Yemen and reduce the influence of Iran. The Houthi conflict with the Saudi-backed government has entered its fifth year, compounding the suffering of Yemenis and reinforcing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today.