MOSCOW, October 7 (RIA Novosti) – Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi appointed the director of his office, Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, as the new prime minister of the country on Tuesday.
Hadi made the decision after agreeing the nomination with the leaders of Yemen's political parties, Agence France-Presse reported.
It is expected that Mubarak will form the government in accordance with the peace agreement signed by Yemeni authorities and rebels in late September.
Yemen is currently in a state of turmoil, with Houthi Shiites protesting against the incumbent government since mid-August, urging economic and political reforms.
In September, the Houthi overran Sanaa, seizing administrative and military infrastructure, and raiding the homes of government officials, including party leaders. The militants are in control of the entrances to the city, are occupying residential buildings, and using abandoned structures to store weapons and ammunition.
On Monday, Dhaifallah Shami, a member of the Houthis' Political Office told RIA Novosti that insurgents will stay in Yemen's capital Sanaa until a new government which can "provide security" is formed. The group opposes the appointment of a prime minister, who is loyal to "foreign countries", he noted.