SANA’A – In yet another blatant show of who is in charge, the Saudi-led invasion coalition has expelled several ministers from the southern port city of Aden, widely considered the seat of the regime of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi.
According to local sources in Aden, a veritable purge of Hadi ministers and functionaries in ongoing. Amongst the Hadi “ministers” that have been barred from returning to Aden are Naif al-Bakry, Minister of Youth and Sports, and Salah al-Saiady.
The move comes shortly after the appointment of the technocrat Maeen Abdul-Malik Saeed to the position of Prime Minister in the Hadi regime on October 18. Saeed replaces Ahmed bin Daghr, Hadi’s longtime second-in-command who was fired under Saudi pressure, and has reportedly been jailed in Saudi Arabia soon after being sacked.
Reports from Aden also mention that the Saudi-led coalition has accused the sacked ministers of corruption, an accusation that however was also levied against the Saudis by the former ministers themselves.
The regime of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi was toppled by a popular revolution in September 2014, but still claims rulership over Yemen with Saudi military support. The Hadi administration remains unelected however, and is not recognized as a government by the majority of Yemen.