Yemen's national unity government, led by the opposition, was sworn in Saturday to lead a three-month transition period until early elections are held and President Ali Abdullah Saleh formally steps down, said an official statement.

The statement, carried by the official Saba news agency, said the swearing-in ceremony took place at the Republican Palace in the capital Sana'a in the presence of Vice-President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi.

The new 34-member Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Mohammed Basindawa, will carry out its duties until February elections, after which Mr. Hadi will take over the presidency for a two-year period as stipulated by a Gulf-sponsored deal.

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