Political Analysis

Yemen’s new cabinet wins parliament approval

National Yemen

Members of Yemeni parliament photo from archive

Yemen’s parliament has approved the government of Prime Minister Khaled Bahah with a comfortable majority following months of violence.

The 301-seat chamber’s vote on Thursday came two days after loyalists of ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh blocked a Tuesday attempt to stage a vote in protest against the authorities’ decision to shut their party’s offices in the southern city of Aden.

President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi on Wednesday ordered the withdrawal of security forces from the headquarters of General People’s Congress party that forms the majority of the parliament.

Al Jazeera’s Saeed Thabet, reporting from the capital Sanaa, said the government has also promised the GPC not to implement the UN Security Council resolution which imposes sanctions on Saleh and two allied rebel commanders.

Saleh was forced to step down after mass protests in 2011 after 30 years in power. He has been accused by the UN of working with the Shia Houthi rebels to undermine political stability in Yemen.