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Yemen’s president hands over power, relieves VP of duties: State-run news agency

The new council will be in charge of Yemen’s political, military, and security sectors during the transition period.

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Yemen’s president has handed over his powers to a newly established presidential leadership council and relieved the vice president of his duties, according to the state-run news agency.

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Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi made the move in an announcement released early Thursday. He also said Vice President Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar would no longer be his deputy.

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The statement said that the new council would temporarily be in charge of Yemen’s political, military, and security sectors during the transition period.

The council should adopt a balanced foreign policy that serves the interests of the Yemeni state, which secures independence and sovereignty of the country and its borders, the statement read.

Dr. Rashad al-Alimeh will head the council, Yemen’s information minister said in televised remarks. He added that the council would issue an immediate state of emergency.

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