New Yemen VP says he hopes to avert Saudi invasion

April 16, 2015 3:16 PM

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New Yemen VP says he hopes to avert Saudi invasion

RIYADH/ADEN (Reuters) - Yemen's newly-appointed Vice President Khaled Bahah, a widely respected figure named this week to shore up the legitimacy of the exiled Saudi-backed government, said on Thursday he hoped to avert a Saudi-led invasion to restore unity to the country.

Arab military exercises planned for Saudi Arabia have raised speculation that Riyadh is considering land operations in Yemen, after three weeks of air strikes that failed to halt advances by Shi'ite fighters now in control of most of the country.

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