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Yemen Parliament Meeting

Yemen's Parliament convened in Seiyun, the second largest city in the southeastern province of Hadramout, for the first time since the outbreak of the devastating civil war in the country.

The Parliament held its first meeting at the Presidential Palace, with the presence of Yemeni President Abdu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik and delegates of Arab and foreign countries.

During the session, the Yemeni lawmakers elected assistant secretary general of the ruling general People's Congress Party Sultan Al-Barakani as the new speaker of the pro government parliament.

More than 141 members of the 301 member parliament attended session in support of the Yemeni government.

The six year term of the 301-member parliament had already expired as the last Yemeni parliamentary elections occurred in 2009 during the era of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The session of the house of representatives comes based upon a request issued by Hadi who chose the country's city of Seiyun as a place for the parliamentary meetings as the security conditions are not fully stable in the country's southern port city of Aden.