Yemeni parties agree to form presidential council: negotiators

February 5th, 2015  
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Topic: Yemeni parties agree to form presidential council: negotiators

By Mohammed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) - Most Yemeni factions have agreed to set up an interim presidential council to manage the country for up to one year, negotiators said on Thursday, in a major step to ease a power struggle which forced the president to step down two weeks ago. The dominant Houthi movement had set a Wednesday deadline for political factions to agree a way out of the crisis that led to the resignation of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi on Jan. 22, otherwise, the group said, it would impose its own solution. Delegates said that nine parties and groups, including a faction from the southern separatist Herak group, agreed during negotiations in Sanaa on a five-member presidential council that will be headed by Ali Nasser Mohammed, a former president of South Yemen before the 1990 merger with north Yemen. They said the Sunni Islamist Islah party and the Yemen Socialist Party, which ruled the former South Yemen before the 1990 merger, were still considering the agreement and were expected to give their reply by mid-day.


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