Friday, June 20, 2014

Hadi and Saleh

In Yemen, President Abd Rabbo Mansur Hadi is working to cut off the influence of his ousted predecessor, Ali Abdullah Saleh:
Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s guards have recently shut down a TV station funded by former president Ali Abdulla Saleh and days later imposed a blockade on a mosque controlled by Saleh in the capital. Yemen Today TV was accused of inciting frustrated people over power cuts and fuel shortage to revolt against the government...
A top western diplomat told the Gulf News on Monday that Hadi wanted to teach Saleh a lesson that he is now the president and no longer a powerless leader...
At the same time, analysts say that Hadi’s steps were “ necessary” to stop Saleh’s meddling in the country’s affairs and pave the way for the implementation of the National Dialogue recommendations. 
Rumors are circulating in Yemen that Saleh was planning to use his influence in the armed forces and with northern tribes to launch a military coup.  The Hadi government has blamed Saleh for much of the country's instability.  If those accusations are accurate, which is of course questionable, it could point to a deeper plan to destabilize the country and then return as the hero who brought stability.



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