Milestone transition offers Yemen new hope: Britain

LONDON- Britain welcomed Sunday's swearing in of Yemen President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, calling on the new leader to "forge new trust and cooperation between the state and the people of Yemen".
Hadi won almost all the valid votes in last week's election in which turnout reached 60 percent.
But a suicide bomber blew up a vehicle outside the presidential palace on Saturday, killing 26 troops, casting a shadow over his electoral triumph.

"I welcome the inauguration of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi following last week's successful interim presidential election in Yemen," Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a statement issued Sunday.
"This election, a constitutional requirement and key milestone in Yemen's transition, represents the first change of head of state in over 33 years," he added.
"It offers the chance for the Yemeni government to forge new trust and cooperation between the state and the people of Yemen.
"There are those who seek to derail transition and choose violence over dialogue," warned Hague. "I urge all sides to peacefully embrace transition and take a place in the new political landscape."
In an address to the nation after being sworn in to succeed veteran strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh, Hadi vowed to fight against Al-Qaeda and restore security across his impoverished nation.

Monday, February 27th 2012

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