Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi has dismissed the heads of the national security agency and military intelligence, who were seen as loyalists of ousted dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Hadi issued a presidential decree on Tuesday enacting a partial cabinet reshuffle, which included the sacking of the two officials, the state-run Saba news agency reported.
National Security Agency chief Ali Mohammed al-Anisi was replaced by the governor of the southern province of Shabwa, Ali Hassan al-Ahmadi.
Military Intelligence chief Mujahid Ali Ghuthaim was replaced by Ahmed Muhsin al-Yafiee.
The two were appointed to low-profile posts as officials at the Yemeni Foreign Ministry, according to the presidential decree.
Saleh's half-brother Ali Saleh al-Ahmar -- who was the director of the office of the armed forces' chief -- was also sacked.
In addition, Hadi appointed Hisham Sharaf Abdullah as minister of higher education and research, and Ahmed Abdullah Daris as minister of oil and mineral resources.
The presidential decree also named new governors for the provinces of Sana’a, Amran, Shabwa, al-Jouf, and al-Bayda.
The decision came hours after a car bomb attack targeted the motorcade of Defense Minister Mohammed Nasser Ahmed in front of the prime minister's office in central Sana’a.
Ahmed survived the attack with serious injuries, but 12 others, including seven of his bodyguards, were killed.