Yemen PM hails Arab Coalition role in restoring Parliament

Maeen Abdulmalik presented a draft fiscal budget at the first successful session in Sayoun city since the civil war broke out 2014

President Abdrabu Mansur Hadi was present at the Yemeni parliament's first meeting last week since the civil war broke out in late 2014. AP
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Yemeni Prime Minister Maeen Saeed on Saturday said that defeating the Houthi rebels and restoring state's institutions could not be achieved without the help of the Saudi-led Arab coalition.

Mr Saeed presented a draft fiscal budget of the state at the Yemeni House of Representatives' meeting in Sayoun, Hadramawt on Saturday.

It was the first time Yemen's Parliament had successfully held a session since the civil war started at the end of 2014.

President Abdrabu Mansur Hadi, Mr Abdulmalik and ambassadors of 19 countries supporting the political transition in Yemen were in attendance.

Yemen's official news agency said the draft budget included the necessary policies and measures to be taken by the government to achieve its main objectives, in partnership with various state authorities, political and social forces.

It also required the backing of countries that support Yemen, particularly Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Dr Abdullatif  Al Zayani, secretary general of the GCC, welcomed the Yemeni Parliament's meeting in Seiyun.

Dr Al Zayani said that convening the parliament session in Hadramawt proved that the Yemeni people were aligning themselves behind their own legitimate leadership to “realise their aspirations for security, stability, development and prosperity”.