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Food, fuel shortages in Yemen but hopes high for former PM

Monday, April 13, 2015 - 01:21

Residents of the Yemeni port city of Aden line up for food and fuel amid shortages brought about by fighting between Houthi rebels and government forces. It's hoped the former Prime Minister may be able to bring about negotiations. Mana Rabiee reports.

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In Yemen's port city of Aden, this bakery is struggling to meet demand. Weeks of fighting between Houthi rebels and government forces have led to food and fuel shortages, leaving residents to stand in line for hours. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ADEN RESIDENT, MOHAMED AMIN, SAYING: "Power is out, people have no water... they have nothing. We urge the government to find us a solution." Some bakeries have simply shut down -- there just aren't enough supplies to stay open for business -- and long lines are also forming for fuel. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ADEN RESIDENT, AHMED ABDULLAH, SAYING: "The high cost of living is not working. People here are in a worse condition, brother, there is no security or stability, or anything." It may fall to former Prime Minister Khaled Bahah, to address the problem. He has been sworn in as the country's new Vice President, in a ceremony that took place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where the embattled president is holed up after fleeing Yemen. Bahah is popular across Yemen's spectrum of feuding parties -- which now include a Saudi-led coalition against the Houthis. He's seen as a possible compromise figure, capable of calming tensions and bringing the warring sides to the negotiating table.

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Food, fuel shortages in Yemen but hopes high for former PM

Monday, April 13, 2015 - 01:21