Political Analysis

Hadi must be restored as president, saysBan Ki-Moon

Abdulatif al-Zayani

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called Sunday for the restoration to power President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi after Houthi militia seized power.

“The situation is very, very seriously deteriorating, with the Houthis taking power and making this government vacuum,” Ban said, referring to the Houthi militia which dissolved the Sana’a government and parliament on Friday.

“There must be restoration of legitimacy of President Hadi,” the UN chief told reporters after talks with King Salman in neighboring Saudi Arabia.

Early on Sunday, the Secretary General of the United Nation Mr. Ban Ki-Moon and  Mr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council discussed number of regional issues of concern to the United Nations and the Gulf Cooperation Council.  At the top of their discussions, they focused primarily on the situation in Yemen, as well as global efforts to counter terrorism.

Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. A day after taking power, The U.N. envoy to Yemen has returned to Sanaa and resumed contacts with political players to find a way out of a deepening crisis caused by the Houthi rebel takeover.

“I’m concerned that all these Houthis and… former president Saleh have been undermining the transition process,” said Ban, who arrived in the kingdom to pay his respects after the January 23 death of Salman’s predecessor King Abdullah.

“This situation in Yemen has been the major topic which we addressed,” Ban said, adding that it must be dealt with through UN Security Council and GCC initiatives.

Ban said UN envoy Jamal Benomar has been “working very hard in Yemen, facilitating a way out of the current political crisis and a return to the path of the peaceful political transition.”