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Yemen President Returns Home for a Rare Parliament Session

Yemeni government officials say President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has returned home from Saudi Arabia to attend a rare session of parliament and elect a speaker.

According to AP, Hadi’s presidential plane departed from Riyadh and landed in the eastern Yemeni city of Sayoun on Friday, where the House of Representatives is due to convene today for the first time since the war started.

The extraordinary session of the parliament is scheduled to be held in the city of Sayoun amid high-level security arrangements and procedures.

Earlier this week, members of the House of Representatives arrived to the city of Sioun to participate in the extraordinary session of the House of Representatives.

With a quorum-ensuring majority, Hadi’s government is slated to hold the first parliamentary session since 2014 in Seiyun, Hadramaut governorate’s second largest city. The last parliamentary session, with only 50 lawmakers attending, was held in the insurgency stronghold of Sanaa.

The decision to resume legislation sessions comes as a counteractive move against the Houthis’ latest attempt to carry out illegitimate by-elections in areas under its control with the goal of appointing 20 loyalists as deputies.

Al Barakani, elected speaker of the Yemeni House of Representatives.

Seiyun’s special parliamentary session today will be attended by 136 pro-government lawmakers, out of a total of 267 who remain alive to this day, insider sources told Asharq Al-Awsat.

Meanwhile, 100 lawmakers alongside Yahya Ali al-Raee, the former speaker of the Yemeni House of Representatives, who remain under Houthi-imposed house arrest in Sanaa, will not be able to make it to the session.

Elected speaker of the Yemeni House of Representatives Sultan Al Barakani, said today, after being officially elected, that Representatives of the Yemeni House are determined to put an end to the Houthi coup.

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