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Yemen's parliament approves new government amid months of fighting

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SANAA, Yemen — Yemen's parliament on Thursday approved a new government despite months of violence and political wrangling that has shaken the country.

Parliament's approval could ease tensions but it is unlikely to resolve the power struggle between President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and the Shiite Houthi rebels who in September seized control of the capital, Sanaa, and are allied with loyalists of former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Houthis' power grab was met with suicide bombings and deadly attacks, mainly by Sunni rivals from al-Qaida and allied tribes.

A strong explosion rocked a Houthi-occupied house in the port city of Hodeida on Thursday, killing one and wounding 11, according to a medical official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to media. Al-Qaida claimed responsibility for the attack.

PHOTO: Yemenis walk through the gate of newspaper al-Thawra, a day after Houthi rebels stormed the building in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday. Dec. 17, 2014. Yemen's powerful Shiite rebels shut down a strategic Red Sea port on Wednesday, and stormed the offices of the country's main state newspaper, officials said. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
Yemenis walk through the gate of newspaper al-Thawra, a day after Houthi rebels stormed the building in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday. Dec. 17, 2014. Yemen's powerful Shiite rebels shut down a strategic Red Sea port on Wednesday, and stormed the offices of the country's main state newspaper, officials said. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Also, the group said it was behind twin suicide bombings that targeted a Houthi leader south of Sanaa on Tuesday — a day that left 26 people dead, including 16 girls whose school bus was hit. Al-Qaida denied targeting the school bus and accused the Houthis of firing grenades that struck it.

The Houthis had pressed Hadi to form a new government, which would give them more say in political affairs. Believed to be Iran-backed, the Shiite rebels have become key power brokers since they overran Sanaa.

The 301-seat legislature did not release a tally on Thursday's vote, but more than 200 lawmakers at the session voted by a show of hands and overwhelmingly approved the 36-member government, led by Khaled Bahah.

Wrangling over the new government and the Houthis' military expansion around Sanaa and in other strategic provinces have driven Yemen deeper into turmoil.

Saleh and his loyalists, who form the majority in parliament, have called on the government to explicitly denounce U.N. sanctions against the former president and two top Houthi leaders. Bahah's government has vowed to respect the sanctions.

Last month, the U.N. Security Council imposed an asset freeze and a global travel ban on Saleh, the rebel group's military commander Abd al-Khaliq al-Houthi, and the Houthis' second-in-command, Abdullah Yahya al-Hakim.

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PHOTO: A Yemeni man reads al-Thawra newspaper outside their offices in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday. Dec. 17, 2014. Yemen's powerful Shiite rebels shut down a strategic Red Sea port on Wednesday, and stormed the offices of the country's main state newspaper, officials said. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
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