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Members of Yemen’s parliament attend parliament for the first time since a civil war began almost two years ago in Sanaa, Yemen. Aug 14, 2016 Photo: Reuters

Jeddah – The Yemeni Parliament will hold its first session in the temperate capital Aden mid-August with confirmed 138 members attending, according to a Yemeni source with knowledge of the matter.

A confirmed date for the session has not been determined yet given that the government is still doing the required arrangements, but the source determined that it will be held within 20 days.

Speaking to Asharq al-Awsat on condition of anonymity, the source said that members are reporting to President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi to organize all the necessary arrangements including housing and security of the lawmakers. He reiterated that the time now is suitable more than ever for the first session in Aden.

So far, the government managed to bring 105 MPs into the council in Aden and another 33 outside the country are being contacted to finalize the preparations for their return to the temperate capital.

The source considered that the session will send a powerful message to the international community. Prior to the first session, an invitation will be sent to the Speaker to attend, in case he refused and according to regulations, legislators will resort to electing a new speaker who will preside the council and begin the sessions.

The parliament is expected to discuss its agenda, the budget and possible new projects that could be executed during the following phase. The source explained that several issues will be on the parliament’s agenda including reconstructing the country, financial loans, and oil contracts which will be put into effect after the parliament’s approval.

The source reiterated the importance of holding the session in Aden to refute insurgents’ allegations especially those relating to humanitarian issues, knowing that the insurgents are the main cause for the humanitarian tragedy in the country.

Insurgents had previously dissolved the parliament and pressured over 300 members of the parliament into doing illegal actions which prompted many to leave Sanaa into far away cities. President Mansour thus issued an order to transfer the Parliament into Aden.