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Yemen releases key southern separatist leader

12-08-2011 09:33 BJT Special Report:Yemen’s Saleh Signs Power Transfer Deal |

SANAA, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Yemeni security authorities on Wednesday released a leader of the separatist Southern Movement, Hassan Baom, after months of imprisonment, security officials said.

"Hassan Baom was released from the intelligence prison in Sanaa on Wednesday and was airlifted to Aden later," a provincial security in southern port city of Aden told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Security officials in Sanaa confirmed Baom's release.

Baom, a prominent leader of the southern separatists, was arrested in Aden in February and later transported to Sanaa.

The release came simultaneously with acting President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi declared the formation of the new interim reconciliation government headed by opposition leader Prime Minister Mohamed Basindwa in line with a Gulf-brokered power- transfer initiative.

Northern and southern parts of Yemen were unified in 1990 under a deal between the People's General Congress and the Yemeni Socialist Party. However, the deal fell apart, which led to a crisis that turned into a civil war in 1994.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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