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Yemeni president returns to Aden after six months

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Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi arrived in the city of Aden on Tuesday from the Saudi capital Riyadh, where he has been in exile for the past six months, a presidential source has revealed. Gulf Online news agency said that Hadi arrived at Aden International Airport accompanied by many of his ministers.

Senior Yemeni sources revealed last month that Aden would see the return of senior government officials, including the head of state and prime minister, as well as military officers, before the Eid ul-Adha holiday. It has been made possible after the Saudi-led coalition of Arab states retook many of the areas controlled by Houthi rebels.

Hadi left Aden in March after Houthi militias and forces loyal to his ousted predecessor Ali Abdullah Saleh entered the city. The so-called popular resistance forces, with support from the Arab coalition, retook control of Aden nearly two months ago.

Prime Minister Khaled Bahah arrived in Aden a week ago along with the ministers of the interior, communications, planning, international cooperation and expatriates, and social affairs. Senior officials accompanied them. The government has held meetings for most of the past three days to discuss the current situation in the country.