RIYADH—Yemen’s president handed over his powers to a leadership council on Thursday in a Saudi-backed move aimed at reviving negotiations with the Houthi rebels to end the country’s seven-year civil war.
President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi also dismissed his vice president before leaving his own position. Both men were seen as obstacles by the Iran-allied Houthis and some of Saudi Arabia’s coalition partners to United Nations-led efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the conflict, which the international body says has caused the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
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