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UAE Prevents Yemeni parliament from meeting in Aden

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Reliable Yemeni sources revealed that the UAE regime had prevented the Yemeni parliament from meeting in the interim capital, Aden, as part of its ongoing plots to undermine the legitimate authority in the country.

The sources said that the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, the de facto ruler of the UAE Mohammed bin Zayed, rejected a request submitted by the Speaker of the Yemeni Parliament Sultan al-Burkani regarding the convening of the parliament in Aden.

The sources pointed out that al-Burkani visited the UAE especially to submit this request to bin Zayed last week, but he refused.

Yemeni parliamentary sources said that arrangements are underway to hold the House of Representatives in the coastal city of Mukalla in Hadramout, southeast Yemen, next month.

The council will be held under the protection of Yemeni and Saudi forces, as the UAE continues to refuse to hold it in Aden for years.

According to the sources, the Presidency of the Council of Representatives, consisting of a president and three deputies, will hold an opening session in Aden, before heading to Mukalla, which will be reached by members of parliament for a special session.

The recent al-Burkani visit to the presidency of the parliament failed to persuade the UAE to convene the House of Representatives in Aden. As was the case in advance, which prompted President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to guide the first sessions since the coup, in the city of Sioun in Hadramout, 13 Last April, and under Saudi protection.

The troops and militias of the UAE have been in control of the military landscape in southern Yemen since the liberation of Aden from the Houthi group in July 2015.

Abu Dhabi supports the southern transitional council calling for secession, and is funding and arming militias and security belts outside the framework of the legitimate authorities, observers say.

Observers say that Abu Dhabi’s actions towards the legitimate authority and its institutions in Yemen contradict its recent declaration of withdrawal from Yemen.

The statement also contradicts statements made by the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince during a visit by the Yemeni Parliament Speaker to the capital earlier this week, in which he said that the UAE supports the return of state institutions in Yemen.

The legitimate government in Yemen has complained over the years of the Saudi-UAE alliance’s war on the country from steps by Abu Dhabi that would undermine the legitimate authority, including the Yemeni president return to Aden.