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Yemeni national reconciliation government takes oath

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Yemеn's government of national unity took oath in the capital Sana'a, the Al Sahwah news portal said.

Yemеn's government of national unity took oath in the capital Sana'a, the Al Sahwah news portal said.

Vice President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who chairs the interim government and is the country's de facto head of state, said at the ceremony the main task of his government was to solve pressing economic and security problems.

Half of the cabinet members represent the opposition, while the other half are supporters of Ali Abdullah Saleh, whose 33-year rule has been challenged by a nationwide popular uprising since February.

The interim government will head the country until a new cabinet is formed after the elections slated for February 2012.

Saleh agreed to hand over power to his vice president within 30 days in exchange for immunity from prosecution for him and his family.

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