Yemen appoints foreign minister Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak as new prime minister

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Yemen has a new prime minister after the presidential council removed Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed from his position on Monday. The council appointed Foreign Minister Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak as the country’s new leader, in a move that surprised many observers.

Bin Mubarak, who is close to Saudi Arabia, has been Yemen’s foreign minister since 2020. He is also the former director of the office of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, who leads the internationally recognized government that is fighting against the Houthi rebels.

The presidential council did not give any reason for the reshuffle, which comes at a time when Yemen is facing a humanitarian crisis and a stalemate in the civil war. The U.S.-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes on Houthi targets in response to their attacks on shipping routes in the Red Sea.

The change of leadership also coincides with ongoing peace talks between the Houthis and Saudi Arabia, which have reportedly achieved positive results to revive a cease-fire. The peace efforts have been hampered by the recent Israel-Hamas war, which has increased tensions in the region.

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