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Basindwa; promises to name the government shortly

National Yemen

Mohammed Salem Basindwa

National Yemen

Yemen’s prime minister-designate promised on Tuesday to announce his government within days, saying Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates would help the country with oil and electricity as it tries to pull back from the brink of civil war.

Mohammed Basindwa, a former foreign minister, has been tasked under a Gulf-brokered peace plan with forming the interim cabinet after President Ali Abdullah Saleh handed power to his deputy following 10 months of protests seeking his overthrow.

“The government will be announced within days,” Basindwa told a meeting of opposition groups that he led during the protests against Saleh.

Basindwa said he had told the Saudi and UAE foreign ministers that “Yemen urgently needed immediate support in the electricity and oil sectors … and they agreed to that”.

It was not clear on what terms the two Gulf states were offering to help with the oil and power.