Two weeks after forces loyal to Yemen’s President Hadi recaptured Aden, Khaled Bahah, Yemen’s Vice President and the Prime Minister of its Riyadh-based government, arrived in Aden yesterday with a group of ministers, the first visit of a senior Yemeni government official since the government was forced into exile. The Vice President noted, “My visit to Aden should not come as a surprise. The city needs facilities to engage in politics.” He further stressed, his visit is “part of the liberation of Aden and part of the normalization of life in it.”
Bahah’s visit was an attempt by President Hadi to build public support and confidence in the government’s efforts to construct an alternative future for Yemen other than the one presented by the Houthis. Critically, as well, Aden’s residents have been facing food, water, and energy shortages and most basic services have broken down. The Vice President visited the liberated city to put back on track the aid and reconstruction efforts.
Since GCC-led airstrikes and pro-government fighters retook Aden late last month, the balance in the Yemen conflict has seemingly tipped into the favor of the Coalition and the exiled Yemeni government. However, President Hadi’s government and the Coalition still face two inter-related changes: building a new Yemen and securing a political settlement of Yemen’s crisis.
Building a new Yemen
Turning the tide
Bahah’s visit was an attempt by President Hadi to build public support and confidenceAndrew Bowen