Yemeni PM escapes assassination

Yemeni PM escapes assassinationSana'a, Sep 1 - Yemeni Prime Minister Mohamed Basindwa survived an assassination bid near his home in the capital city Saturday, his media adviser said.

"Unidentified gunman went out from a car and opened fire at the prime minister's convoy on a street close to the Political Security Agency in Sana'a," reported Xinhua citing Rajih Badi.

"The bodyguards of Basindwa fired back, but the assailants run away," he added.

Basindwa came to office in November 2011 to head the coalition government in line with a UN-backed power transfer deal that saw the resignation of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh following a year of unrest.

The government launched in March a national dialogue in which political parties are due to draft a constitution and pave the way for parliament and presidential elections in February 2014. (IANS)

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