Bahah sworn in as Yemen's vice president

A Yemeni official, who declined to be named, said that Bahah's appointment as VP will "provide support to the [Saudi-led military] coalition in international circles"

Bahah sworn in as Yemen's vice president

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Resigned Yemeni Prime Minister Khaled Bahah on Monday was sworn in as deputy of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi in Saudi capital Riyadh.

Bahah was sworn in at the Yemeni embassy in Riyadh in the presence of Hadi and several members of the Yemeni cabinet, Saudi news outlets reported.

On Sunday, Hadi appointed Bahah as a vice president with the latter keeping his premiership, a presidential source had said earlier.

"The appointment of someone who enjoys good relations with numerous local and international parties as vice president will boost the confidence of Yemeni people in their legitimate leadership," a senior Yemeni official, requesting anonymity, explained.

"Hadi's image had been shaken as wide segments of Yemenis perceived him as being lenient towards the Houthi group before they overran capital Sanaa and undermined the president's legitimacy, and took over government institutions," the source said.

The source went on to note that "Bahah enjoys consensus among Yemenis and is neither rejected by the Houthis nor by their allied [ousted President Ali Abdullah] Saleh, according to their public statements, which is confirmed by the fact that Bahah did not sneak out to escape his house, unlike Hadi, but left Sanaa in public after receiving a formal apology from the Houthis."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Nisan 2015, 15:49