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Yemen’s president is an obstacle for UAE forces

Image of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, president of Yemen on 30 July 2013 [U.S Defense Department/Flickr]
Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, president of Yemen on 30 July 2013 [U.S Defence Department/Flickr]

The Commander of the United Arab Emirates forces in Yemen has said that President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi is an obstacle for the Emirate’s mission in the country, the New Khaleej reported.

The official accused Hadi of “bad management” and being an “obstacle in front of the Arab alliance”. The commander suggested that Yemeni’s from the Shabwa province should join the Elite Forces to secure their own region and that it should only be made up of southern Yemenis.

The UAE is part of a Saudi-led coalition which originally entered the Yemen civil war in 2015 to support Hadi and push back military advancements by the Iranian-backed Houthi group which had taken control of the capital, Sana’a.

The Emirates also supports the Southern Transitional Council, which it hopes will govern a newly divided “South Yemen”, and which would directly challenge Hadi’s governance and the coalition’s goals in the country.

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