Yemen's Hadi seeks to resume duties as president

February 22nd, 2015  
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Topic: Yemen's Hadi seeks to resume duties as president

By Mohammed Mukhashaf ADEN(Reuters) - Yemen's president sought to resume his duties as head of state on Sunday, holding his first public engagement with state officials since he fled house arrest in Sanaa by the Houthi group that dominates the northern half of the country. Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi convened governors of several southern provinces and military commanders at the presidential retreat in the economic hub of Aden, in a meeting which was broadcast on the city's local television channel. Hadi submitted his resignation last month after Shi'ite Muslim Houthi fighters seized the presidential palace and held him under house arrest in the capital Sanaa in a power struggle that followed months of tension over a constitutional dispute. On Saturday Hadi appeared to rescind his resignation after he escaped from Sanaa, saying in a statement he was still president.


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