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Yemen’s former prime minister appointed as vice president

April 12, 2015, 19:03 UTC+3 KUWAIT CITY

In late January 2014, the armed groups of Ansar Allah (Houthi rebels) forced the president and the government to announce resignation

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KUWAIT CITY, April 12. /TASS/. Yemen’s former Prime Minister Khaled Mahafoudh Bahah has been appointed as the country’s vice president, Al-Jazeera TV channel reported on Sunday.

Yemen’s President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi named Bahah as Prime Minister-designate on October 13, 2014 amidst the political crisis, when Houthi rebels started to gain ground in the country. In January 2014, Bahah resigned and was put under house arrest.

On March 24, he was released from house arrest and immediately left Yemen’s capital Sanaa.

Crisis in Yemen

Since August 2014, Yemen has been hit by a severe political and security crisis. In late January, the armed groups of Ansar Allah (Houthi rebels) forced the president and the government to announce resignation.

The rebels later took control of the country’s capital and several northern provinces. They also announced the adoption of the so-called constitutional declaration.

Overnight to March 26, Saudi Arabia launched a military operation in the neighboring country and delivered air strikes at several Houthi positions. The coalition was later joined by Bahrein, Qatar, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan and Sudan.

Yemeni President Abd Rabbah Mansur Hadi fled the country to Saudi Arabia.

Houthi rebels are currently fighting pro-government forces over control of Yemen’s second-largest city of Aden. The coalition is currently considering launching a ground operation in Yemen to oust Houthis.

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