Yemeni Government, UAE-backed Separatists Sign Power-sharing Deal to Stop Infighting

The deal allows exiled President Hadi to return to the temporary capital in Aden, with separatists agreeing to disband their militias, which would be integrated into Hadi's forces

Supporters of Yemen's separatists stand on a billboard during a rally to show support to the United Arab Emirates amid a standoff with the Saudi-backed government, in Aden, Yemen, September 5, 2019.
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Yemen's internationally recognized government has signed a power-sharing deal with Yemeni separatists that are backed by the United Arab Emirates.

The deal aims to halt months of infighting between the two groups. They are both part of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition that is fighting Yemen's Houthi rebel group.

Saudi Arabia's state TV broadcast Tuesday's signing ceremony in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. That's where Yemen's president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, has been in exile since 2014, when the Houthis took control of the Yemeni capital.

The deal envisages a new Cabinet and allows for President Hadi to return to the temporary capital in Aden.

A copy of the deal obtained by The Associated Press shows the separatists agreed to disband their militias, which would be integrated into Hadi's forces.