Yemen’s Hadi appoints former prime minister Bahah as his vice president

Bahah takes constitutional oath in Yemeni embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, amid political turmoil and Arab coalition air strikes

Updated Jul 28, 2015

According to Yemeni officials, former Yemeni prime minister Khaled Bahah took the constitutional oath to become Yemen’s vice president Sunday, after he was appointed to the post by Yemeni president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Bahah may find a political solution in Yemen, according to analysts, since he’s a widely agreed upon figure.

Hadi travelled to Saudi Arabia last month after Iran-backed Houthi militias attacked Yemen’s southern city of Aden, where Hadi had tried to continue his duties after he fled from the capital, Sanaa.

Starting March 25th, Saudi Arabia launched a military campaign consisting of more than 1,200 air strikes so far, with other Arab allies against Houthis, in response to Hadi’s request to "save the [Yemeni] people from the Houthi militias, as a result of Houthi control over Sanaa which started last September.

While Gulf-aligned countries and the West have supported the intervention, the Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Forces called Sunday on the Saudi-led coalition to stop its air strikes in Yemen.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's Leader, said Thursday that the air strikes were a "crime and genocide." President Hassan Rouhani also called for a ceasefire and dialogue among Yemeni fighting factions.

"We are not at war with Iran," Saudi- Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said Sunday in a press conference with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in Riyadh, calling on Iran to halt its support to Houthis in Yemen.

Moreover, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged an immediate dialogue in fractious Yemen between the warring groups, and blamed the Houthis for causing the chaos in Yemen which led to the Saudi military campaign.

Ever since the Houthis seized Sanaa in September More than 600 people have been killed, 2200 wounded and 100,000 displaced according to the United Nations.

TRTWorld and agencies