Yemen’s exiled prime minister returns to Aden


– Yemen’s exiled Prime Minister Khaled Bahah returned to the southern city of Aden on Wednesday in a bid to re-establish his government’s power in the strategic port city, security officials said.

Bahah arrived in Aden with some ministers from his government, which has been in exile in neighbouring Saudi Arabia since the Iran-backed Houthi rebels advanced on the port city in March.

“The return marks the start of the government’s exercise of its tasks to run the country’s affairs and restore legitimacy,” a security official told dpa.

The government will meet in Aden next week, the official said.

The premier was accompanied by ministers of interior, telecommunications, planning, social affairs and expatriates.

In July, Bahah made a brief visit to Aden shortly after Saudi-backed militias drove the Houthis and allied military allies out of the city.

Pro-government forces have since surged across southern Yemen and gained more ground.

The rebels still control large parts of Yemen, including the capital, Sana’a.

In March, Saudi Arabia and Sunni partners began an air campaign in Yemen after the mostly Shiite rebels advanced on Aden, forcing the internationally recognized President Abd Rabu Mansour Hadi and his government to flee the country.

Hadi, a Sunni, is currently in Saudi Arabia.