Yemen

Saleh in moves to destabilise government


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Newly elected president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Al-Hadi, is facing his first major challenge as former president Ali Abdullah Saleh attempts to pull strings from behind the scenes.

In recent days Saleh has attempted to control affairs of government including trying to influence the prime minister and also holding almost daily meetings with security and military officials.

More recently Saleh has threatened to withdraw all members of his party, the General People’s Congress (GPC) from the Cabinet and government.

Although Saleh stood down earlier this year, his family still controls much of the military and security apparatus in the country. The new president may well decide to dismiss the present government. He then has the option of attempting to form a new unity government or go for elections earlier than scheduled. Either option will prove difficult until he is able to take control of the security and military apparatus in the country.

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