Republican Guard Commander Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh (R) Holds hand with his father and former Yemeni dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh. (File photo)
A Houthi official in Yemen says the country’s president should fire Ahmad Ali Abdullah Saleh, the commander of the Republican Guard, and Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar, who leads the First Armored Division.
Zayf-Allah Shami noted that President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi’s decision to reduce the number of units commanded by the son of the country's ousted dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh, was not enough to reduce Saleh's control over the army.
Shami also stated that Yemen’s national unity government is under the pressure of foreign states and works according to the guidelines of the US and Saudi embassies in Sana’a.
In a presidential decree announced on Monday, Hadi ordered the formation of a “Presidential Protection” force which will include three brigades from the elite Republican Guard commanded by Saleh’s son Ahmed.
The Houthi Shia group, led by Abdul-Malek al-Houthi, started a struggle against the doctorial regime of former Yemeni ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh after suffering years of widespread human rights violations and political and religious discrimination against their community in the north of the country.
During Saleh’s three-decade-long rule, Sa’ada and neighboring Amran Province, the strongholds of the Houthis, were frequently pounded by fighter jets and helicopter gunships.