Aden – Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi has carried out a reshuffle in Dr. Ahmed Obaid bin Dagher’s government that included four ministerial portfolios – the justice, social affairs and labor, public works and infrastructures and human rights ministries – in addition to assigning a new deputy minister.
Hadi’s orders did not only include cabinet reshuffling but also witnessed the dismissal of Aden’s Governor Aydros al-Zubaidi and State Minister Hani Ali bin Bark, who was forwarded to probing.
As much as Hadi’s decisions were surprising, they have led to mixed reactions in the Yemeni arena. In general, they have received wide support by various ministers, governors and heads of the security and government agencies while some parties have criticized them in the context of what is described in any regime as internal conflicts, according to some observers.
In this matter, the cabinet reshuffle was expected to be carried out few weeks ago, and observers believe that dismissing Aden’s governor was due to the fragile situation regarding the services in the interim capital, Aden, along with the growing criticism of the legitimate government over the apparent shorten in action when it comes to this area despite the improvement in security aspects.
Recently, terrorist groups and sleeper cells, which the government has repeatedly accused Saleh and Houthis of recruiting them in southern Yemen, were besieged.
At the time when the cabinet reshuffle was carried out one year after the formation of bin Dagher’s government, observers said that President Hadi has the right to issue appropriate decisions, in light of his assessment of the performance of officials, according to what Political Analyst Bassem al-Hakimi told Asharq Al-Awsat.
Hakimi praised the performance of the former governor of Aden, who took control and contributed greatly to improving the security situation in the interim capital during a critical phase and called on Yemeni political parties to “assume responsibility.”