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Yemen's parliament convenes for first time since war started in 2015

AP , Saturday 13 Apr 2019
Soldiers ride on the back of a military truck stationed at the gate of Yemen's parliament during a session held by the parliament for the first time since a civil war began almost two years ago, in Sanaa, Yemen August 13, 2016. REUTERS
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Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has attended a rare session of parliament in an eastern city.

The House of Representatives convened Saturday in Sayoun for the first time since war broke out in March 2015 between the Houthi rebels, who control the capital, Sanaa, and a Saudi-led coalition backing the government.

More than 130 lawmakers attended the session and elected Sultan al-Borkani as speaker. The 301-member assembly was elected to a six-year term in 2009. It is split between Houthi supporters, government supporters and independents.

Yemen's government has been based in the southern city of Aden since 2015, but Hadi and other top officials live in Saudi Arabia. Local authorities in Aden, who are allied with the United Arab Emirates, refused to allow parliament to convene there.

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