Yemen parliament gives confidence to new govt -UPDATED

The new government was sworn in on November 9 in hopes of ending the fractious country's ongoing political crisis.

Yemen parliament gives confidence to new govt -UPDATED

World Bulletin/News Desk

The new government of Prime Minister Khaled Bahah on Thursday won a confidence vote in Yemen's House of Representatives (lower house of parliament).

"Parliament has voted unanimously to give confidence to the government," lawmaker Abdu al-Huzayfi told The Anadolu Agency.

The new government was sworn in on November 9 in hopes of ending the fractious country's ongoing political crisis.

Yemen has recently appeared on the verge of civil war, with the Shiite Houthi militant group seeking to expand its influence beyond capital Sanaa – which it took over in late September – to other parts of the country.

A senior army commander survived an assassination attempt in Yemen's western Al-Hudaydah province on Thursday, a military source has said.

"Lt. Gen. Khaled Khalil, the operations head of the 5th Military Zone, survived an attempt on his life when gunmen opened fire on his car in Al-Hudaydah city," the source told The Anadolu Agency.

The army commander was unhurt in the attack and the militants escaped the scene unscathed, the source said.

Bahah's government, composed of technocrats and politicians drawn from a range of parties, has the broad support of the Houthis but relations are not easy. Bahah suggested on Wednesday his government could resign after the rebels raided state institutions and sacked public officials.

"We will work with sincerity and seriousness to promote the integrity of all sectors in the government," Bahah told parliament on Thursday.

"We will keep equal distance from all political elements and we will get through this current period."

Parliamentary sources said a majority of lawmakers backed Bahah's 36-member cabinet in the vote of confidence.

"A large majority of the parliamentary representatives, around 155, voted in favour of the government by a show of hands," one lawmaker who did not want to be named told Reuters. Only five lawmakers voted against, the source added.

Lawmakers from former president Ali Abdullah Saleh's General People's Congress blocked an attempt on Tuesday to stage the confidence vote, in protest against the authorities' decision to shut their party's offices in the southern city of Aden.

The United Nations Security Council last month imposed financial sanctions on Saleh, accusing him of working with the Houthis to undermine political stability in Yemen, which shares a long border with the world's top oil exporter, Saudi Arabia.

Yemen has been in turmoil since a popular uprising in 2011 ousted long serving Saleh one year later.

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