Yemen appoints foreign minister Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak as prime minister

Yemeni Foreign Minister Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak writes in a visitors' book at the the Jordanian Foreign Ministry in Amman

CAIRO (Reuters) -Yemen's Presidential Leadership Council issued a decision on Monday appointing its foreign minister Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak as the country's new prime minister.

Outging Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed will take on the role of an advisor to the Chairman of the Presidential Leadership Council, the office of Yemen's Cabinet later posted on X.

Bin Mubarak came to prominence in 2015 when he was kidnapped by the country's Iran-aligned Houthis while he served as Yemen's presidential chief of staff during a power struggle with then President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

The seizure of bin Mubarak helped plunge Yemen into a political crisis, resulting in clashes between the Houthis and President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's presidential guards that prompted the president and the government to resign.

Bin Mubarak most recently served as Yemen's foreign minister from 2020.

(Reporting by Mohammed Ghobari, Writing by Adam Makary)