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Houthis Face Field Losses with State Appointments

Houthis Face Field Losses with State Appointments

Tuesday, 2 January, 2018 - 08:00
Pro-Houthi fighters in Sanaa on March 26, 2015. (AFP)

Houthis confronted their successive field losses on Monday with a series of appointments in the coup government, in another step to remove the last figures loyal to the General People's Congress party from power.

The coup amendment included 26 decisions and involved the ministers of information, oil and finance, in addition to the “deputy prime minister” seats.

In addition, the Houthi militias appointed three “conservative” figures to head three provinces controlled by the legitimate government including Aden, Abeen and Socotra.

The decisions issued by Saleh al-Sammad, head of the Houthis’ political council and broadcast by the militia’s news agencies, also saw the appointment of a governor in the province of Mahweet and two officers from its militias in the ranks of the intelligence apparatus (political security and national security).

Other appointments covered posts in the customs authorities, the universities of Sanaa and Hodeidah and the supervisory bodies.

Al-Sammad’s decisions however removed pro-Congress figures by appointing the coup “minister of information” as head of the presidential bureau. The also appointed a number of deputy ministers and advisors in posts including in the central bank and judiciary.

The latest Houthi move aims to complete their operation of appointing pro-militia figures in Yemen’s public sector and leading positions, a step they had already started when they invaded Sanaa in September 2014.

Also on Monday, Houthis arrested two photojournalist brothers working for the Yemen Today television station, now controlled by the militias after the killing of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Member of the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate, Nabil al-Asidi wrote on his Facebook page on Monday that Houthi militias kidnapped brothers Imad and Ali al-Dayfi and took them to an unknown location, 10 days after arresting them at a checkpoint at the entrance of the Dhamar city while on their way to Aden.

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