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Sunday, 10 April 2022

Yemen’s exiled president hands power to new council following ceasefire

Yemeni president stands down as Saudi, UAE signal they want an end to war: Yemen’s president-in-exile Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi resigned and handed power to a presidential council on Thursday, a week after warring parties agreed to a two-month ceasefire, Reuters reports. Saudi Arabia and the UAE — which have led the campaign against the Iran-backed Houthis — pledged USD 3 bn in aid to the government following Hadi’s announcement and urged fresh talks to bring an end to the war. GCC ministers also came out in support of the council and called for UN-sponsored negotiations to “reach a final and comprehensive political solution.” The Egyptian Foreign Ministry also welcomed the council’s establishment in a statement.

Also worth knowing this morning:

  • Turkey has stopped the Jamal Khashoggi murder trial and transferred it to Saudi Arabia, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tries to improve relations with Riyadh. Saudi Arabia had refused to extradite the 26 Saudi nationals on trial in Turkey and will now take on responsibility for the proceedings, which rights groups say ends prospects for a fair and transparent trial. (Reuters)
  • Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan was ousted in a parliamentary no-confidence vote on Sunday. (Reuters)

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