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Thursday 10 December 2020

Yemenis & Separatists Start Implementing Riyadh Pact

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DUBAI (Reuters) — The Saudi-led coalition engaged in Yemen said that implementation of a long-delayed deal aimed at reuniting its Yemeni allies would start on Thursday with a troop redeployment in the south ahead of announcing a new power-sharing government.

The agreement, first announced in November and revived in July, was brokered by Riyadh to end a standoff between Yemen’s internationally recognised government and southern separatists who are both part of the coalition that has been battling the Iran-aligned Houthi movement since 2015.

The separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC), whose forces are backed by Riyadh’s ally the United Arab Emirates, has been locked in a power struggle with the Saudi-backed government in the south, where it has been based since being ousted from power in the capital, Sanaa, by the Houthis in late 2014.

The coalition declared in a statement that it would start Thursday to supervise the separation of forces in the governorate of Abyan to return to the battlefronts with the Houthis and from inside the port city of Aden to outside the governorate. It said a consensus had been reached on a new cabinet of 24 ministers, including the STC and Yemeni “political components”, and that the government would be notified “as soon as the implementation of the military aspect is completed within one week”.

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