Today has been described as a historic day for the people of South Yemen as they take a major step towards independence. The Southern National Assembly, made up of 303 members from every southern province, is holding its first parliamentary session in Aden. It's the first such session since 1990, when South Yemen united with North Yemen.
The Presidency of the Southern Transitional Council, represented by President Aiderous Qasim Al-Zubaidi, initiated the parliament on Saturday morning by introducing the political steps that will be taken to fulfil the will of the people for an independent federal state of South Yemen. Former governor of Hadhramout Ahmed Said Bin Breik was appointed as President of the Assembly, with Anis Yosuf Ali Luqman as his Vice President.
The Southern National Assembly will be in charge of setting up a transitional government for South Yemen.