After crony clear out, Yemen re-appoints ex-president's son
Soldiers of the Republican Guard show off their skills during the graduation ceremony for the first batch of a Personal Protection Battalion in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, on Sunday. (AFP PHOTO/ MOHAMMED HUWAIS)
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After promising to weed out the old president's cronies from his army, Yemen's new president, Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi, is reportedly considering reinstating ex-President Saleh's son, Reuters reported on Monday.
During the clear out, first announced on Wednesday, President Hadi abolished Brig. Gen. Ahmad Saleh's Republican Guard as part of his mission to build the country's military on the basis of merit rather than nepotism.
However, according to presidential sources, Hadi may give Ahmad Saleh another senior post in the armed forces. The new Yemeni president has previously said he would unify the country's miltary, which had previously been divided between supporters and enemies of the former president.
Hadi's reshuffle also abolished the First Armoured Division, led by dissident officer, Gen. Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, a former defector of Saleh's army and supporter of the Yemeni revolution.
A source at the presidential palace told Reuters on Monday that the new president was also considering reinstating al-Ahmar into a senior position:
“It is expected that President Hadi will issue a decree to appoint Brig. Gen. Ahmad Saleh and Gen. Ali al-Ahmar as commanders for two military regions,” the source said.