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Yemen Shuts Down Ports amid Air Strikes

first_img Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My locationcenter_img zoom Yemen shut down all major ports on Thursday amid bomb strikes launched by the Saudi Arabia, Reuters reports.Local sources in Yemen confirmed the closure, according to  Al Arabiya News.The ports in question include Aden, Al Mukalla, Al Mokha and Al Hudaydah. It has not been informed when the ports might be expected to open.Saudi Arabia bombed positions of Houthi militias, a rebel force believed to be backed by Iran on Thursday morning. The Houthi militias had already overthrown President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and were working to oust him. The move by the Saudi Arabia, one of the major exporters of oil, is seen as a way of thwarting spreading of Iranian influence in the region.Intensifying armed clashes and political instability in Yemen have raised concerns of the maritime world fearing that the conflict might result in closing of the shipping routes in the Gulf of Aden, in particular in Bab el-Mandeb passage.Around 4 million barrels are transported through the Bab el-Mandeb passage on daily basis.A potential closure of the passage would bring about delays and considerable hike in costs.“If an escalating conflict results in the closure of the Bab el-Mandeb Straits, tankers from the Persian Gulf would be unable to reach the Suez Canal and the SUMED Pipeline, diverting them around the southern tip of Africa, a journey of at least 40 days,” Reuters cited shipping analyst Natasha Boyden with MLV & Co as saying.Four Egyptian naval vessels forced Iranian retreat from Bab Al-Mandab strait near the Port of Aden on Thursday, as informed by Arab News.The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said it was coordinating military efforts with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in responding to the ongoing situation.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

TNA decides to vote in support of noconfidence motion against MR

The Tamil National Alliance strongly condemns and opposes the undemocratic efforts to use such delay to bribe Members of Parliament with both money and Ministerial posts to induce them to cross over in order to fraudulently obtain a majority in Parliament.“We strongly oppose and condemn Tamil National Alliance Member of Parliament S. Viyalendran being a part of this conspiracy. Necessary action will be taken against him immediately,” the TNA said. For the above reasons, the Tamil National Alliance says it will vote in support of the No Confidence Motion to be brought against the Government headed by Mahinda Rajapaksa, who has been unconstitutionally and illegally appointed as Prime Minister.The TNA says remaining “neutral” in such a situation, would pave the way for achieving an undemocratic end by force. (Colombo Gazette) The Tamil National Alliance has decided to vote in support of the no-confidence motion against Mahinda Rajapaksa in Parliament.A TNA statement said that at a party leaders’ meeting of the constituent parties of the Tamil National Alliance last evening it was decided that according to the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, the President does not possess the authority to remove a Prime Minister who is in office. Such authority that vested in the President previously was specifically repealed by the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. In these circumstances the Gazette notification declaring that the Prime Minister had been removed and another Prime Minister appointed are unconstitutional and illegal, the TNA said. The Tamil National Alliance also considers the President’s decision to prorogue Parliament made following the above actions as undemocratic and in violation of Parliamentary Supremacy. After having declared as Prime Minister a Member who does not command the confidence of Parliament, this had been done in order to create delay and prevent such Member from having to prove a majority in Parliament. read more