UN says special envoy to Yemen stepping down

April 16, 2015 4:22 AM

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UN says special envoy to Yemen stepping down

UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. has announced that its special envoy to Yemen is stepping down after four years of efforts at a peaceful political transition in the Arab world's poorest country fell apart amid a Shiite rebel uprising and Saudi-led airstrikes.

A statement late Wednesday said Jamal Benomar "has expressed an interest in moving on to another assignment" and that his successor will be named "in due course."

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