Report: Mansour Hadi Planning to Leave Aden Again
“Hadi will travel to Riyadh to meet Saudi King Salman and review the latest battlefield conditions in the war,” the Arabic-language Okaz newspaper quoted Hadi’s press secretary Mokhtar al-Rahbi as saying on Wednesday.
This is the third time that Hadi leaves Aden for Riyadh over past few months.
In a relevant development in late December, the Hadi’s palace in Aden became under the siege of his opponent forces and he was most likely to flee Yemen.
A newly-formed militant group calling itself ‘Southern Yemen’s Resistance Forces’ have besieged Hadi’s place of residence in Aden, Arab media outlets reported on December 23.
Political analysts speculate that the siege of Hadi’s palace has taken place with the greenlight of the United Arab Emirates as a result of a row between the UAE and Saudi Arabia over Hadi and his Prime Minister Khaled Bahah.
The speculations came as the UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed had recently met the leaders of Southern Yemen, including a senior Yemeni Salafi leader Hani bin Barik, in Abu Dhabi.
Political observers believe that the quarrel between Hadi and his prime minister derives from the underlying row between Saudi Arabia as supporter of Hadi and UAE as supporter of Bahah.
Aden province has been the scene of numerous attacks against pro-Hadi forces; the latest case was assassination of Aden governor Ja’afar Saeed.
Hadi and Bahah have been running a feud for the past several months, and their differences grew noisy when a number of Saudi officials worked out a plan to replace the former president with his premier – who had both fled to Saudi Arabia then – in order to encourage the revolutionary forces back in Yemen to work with him and allow him to start a new government.