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Yemeni PM uses Facebook to ask for suggestions on new cabinet

Yemeni PM Khaled Baha is appealing to the Yemeni people to help him choose ministers to form a new government while a Houthi rebel leader warns he has 10 days to do so

Ghada Atef, Monday 3 Nov 2014
Khaled Bahah, Yemen's prime minister, Oct. 13, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

Yemeni Prime Minister Khaled Bahah posted a request on his official Facebook page on Saturday night calling on the Yemeni people to help in the selection process of ministers in the new government.

Bahah asked the people to "participate and suggest names for the forthcoming government."

The PM added that all people have to work together to have a new civil country that is suitable for all its citizens.

Baha’s step came after 13 Yemeni factions and parties inked an agreement that empowered President Abd-rabbuh Mansour Hadi and the PM to form a new a technocratic, national government, Al-Hayat newspaper reported on Monday.

"We, the political parties, ask President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and Prime Minister Khaled Bahah to form a competent national government, which is committed to the protection of human rights, rule of law and neutrality in the management of affairs of the country," the statement said, according to Reuters.

Reuters added that among the factions who signed the statement were Houthi rebels.

On the other hand, although the statement didn't specify a deadline for the government’s formation, an unnamed Houthi rebel leader has warned the President to form the government within ten days or else be replaced by a "national salvation council,” AFP reported.

In his meeting Sunday with UN Secretary General's Special Adviser on Yemen, Jamal Benomar, Hadi stressed that the upcoming government's priorities will be focused on accomplishing the "economical and development projects."

On his side, Benomar, praised the step to form a new cabinet and described it as "important" toward the country’s stability, AP reported.

Hadi appointed Bahah on 13 October and assigned him to form the government after the Houthi rebels, who captured the capital during the last few weeks, a new government as they complained the previous one was too close to their rival conservative Sunni Islamist party.

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