Yemen's exiled president appoints conciliatory figure as deputy

April 13th, 2015  
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By Mohammed Mukhashaf and Angus McDowall ADEN/RIYADH (Reuters) - Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi appointed his former prime minister as vice president on Sunday, a move apparently aimed at improving the chances of a peaceful settlement to the civil war that forced Hadi to flee to Saudi Arabia. "The president issued an order today appointing Khaled Bahah as his deputy," a presidential advisor told Reuters. Bahah is popular across Yemen's spectrum of feuding parties and may be seen as a figure who could calm tensions and bring warring parties to the negotiating table. "The appointment of Bahah may help in finding a political solution as part of efforts to revive the dialogue process sponsored by the United Nations," the Hadi aide told Reuters.


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