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Bahah Government Swears Despite Objections JPC Party and Allied Rebels

National Yemen

Fakhri al-Arashi

The New Yemen government sworn in front of President AbduRabou Mansour Hadi,  despite objections from the ruling party, led by former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, and allied Shiite rebels who seeks technical change in the existing government.

Thirty-three of 36 ministers accepted their posts, Prime Minister Khaled M. Bahah told reporters in a press conference. There are negotiations with three cabinet nominees who refused their positions, he said. “We need to clean the political environment and get the support of all political forces so the government can operate,” Bahah said. The new government’s priority is tackling poverty, ensuring security, and bridging political differences to address the country’s problems, he said.

Al Jazeera’s reporter said, most of the ministers allied with the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh were present at the swearing in and the meeting. All Yemeni parties and political groups eventually agreed on an independent technocrat Cabinet last week. But Saleh, seen as a behind-the-scenes power broker, and the Shia Houthi rebels backed away after the UN.  Security council approved sanctions against the former leader and two rebel commanders on Friday.

GPC party officials said, the party was likely to push for a vote of no-confidence in Hadi in parliament, in which the GPC holds a majority. Although parliament no longer has the authority to dismiss the president or delay neither force in the formation of the new government, criteria for the qualification of ministers, laid out in the September peace deal, give the GPC and the Houthis an opportunity to bring the new government down by making complaints that some of the new ministers should have been disqualified during the selection process.