Yemen’s Hadi appoints new governor of Aden

Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi appoints Popular Resistance leader as new governor of Aden

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Exiled Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi on Monday appointed a new governor of southern Aden province three days after pro-government forces advance in the city retaking it from the Iranian-backed Houthis.

According to Yemen’s official agency, Nayef al Bakri, former deputy governor of the post governor in Aden, was appointed via a presidential decree issued in Riyadh, capital of Saudi Arabia.

The move comes as Hadi loyalists advance in the southern port city fighting against the Houthis in recent days to take the last district held by the group.

Spokesman Ali al Ahmadi said the pro-government Popular Resistance “have regained control of most of al Tawahi district,” including the presidential residence.

He added that 40 Houthis have been taken prisoner while some remainings have taken positions on many Aden rooftops.

Al Bakri, chairman of the Resistance Council in Aden, the political body overseeing the Popular Resistance, remained in the city and did not flee although it was seized by the Houthis earlier this year.

Yemen’s vice-president and prime minister Khaled Bahah said on Friday that Aden had been “liberated” from the Houthis and deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s loyalists.

Around 20 million Yemenis suffer from a lack of water and that a million people have been displaced from their homes as a result of the armed conflict.

In the city of Aden alone, more than 858 Yemeni civilians were killed, including 259 children, and 6,879 others were wounded in the first 102 days of conflict.

More than 3,200 people, including 1,500 civilians, have been killed in the conflict since March, according to the UN.

The Houthis seized the capital Sanaa in September 2014, driving the President Hadi out of Yemen to the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies started an aerial operation, dubbed “Decisive Storm” on March 26 to halt the Houthi advancement from Sanaa to Aden as they justified their involvement with the claim of “defending the legitimate government” of deposed Yemeni President Hadi.

TRTWorld and agencies