New UN Special Envoy appointed for Yemen

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New UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed. Photo: UNMEER/Simon Ruf

A new Special Envoy for Yemen has been appointed by the UN Secretary-General to help find a political solution to the crisis.

Fighting between government forces and Houthi rebels, as well as airstrikes launched by a coalition in support of the government, have impacted the entire country.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon announced on Saturday that Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed will succeed Jamal Benomar as his Special Envoy for Yemen.

In this role, Mr Ould Cheikh Ahmed will work closely with members of the Security Council, the Gulf Cooperation Council, governments in the region, and the UN Team for Yemen.

Yemen has been mired in a political and security crisis that started during the popular uprisings in 2011.

Fighting has recently intensified, with the UN chief declaring in February that the country was "collapsing".

The UN estimates that 150,000 people have been displaced since March, while 12 million need humanitarian support.

Mr Ould Cheikh Ahmed is currently the Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response.

Upon his departure, Ban Ki-moon announced that the current Ebola Crisis Manager for Liberia, Peter Jan Graaff, will replace him.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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