Yemeni Official Warns of ‘Qatari Plot’ to Weaken Hadi

Yemeni Official Warns of ‘Qatari Plot’ to Weaken Hadi

Thursday, 22 March, 2018 - 08:15
Yemen President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi. (Reuters)
London - Badr al-Qahtani
The resignation of a Yemeni minister prompted on Wednesday concerns over a “Qatari plot” aimed at weakening President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi.

Controversial Minister Salah al-Sayadi resigned from his post leading Information Ministry Undersecretary Najib Ghallab to accuse him of acting at Qatar’s orders.

Another minister, Abdulaziz al-Jabari, also announced his resignation, but he has remained within Hadi’s legitimacy ranks. Sayadi has meanwhile departed it.

The government has yet to issue an official stance on either resignation.

Ghallab accused Sayadi of seeking to weaken Hadi at Iran and Qatar’s bidding.

He explained to Asharq Al-Awsat that those two countries believe that Hadi’s ouster will lead to the collapse of the legitimacy forces.

Sayadi, he said, was close to late former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. He also used to oppose the Iran-backed Houthi militias, but has now joined the ranks of those who speak against the legitimacy forces and Arab Coalition.

The anti-legitimacy propaganda machine is being controlled by Qatar, Iran, Turkey and other forces, said Ghallab.

Everyone is seeking his own interests, he stated, while the Yemenis forces are just pawns in their hands.

Sayadi has refused to comment on the accusations that have been directed against him.

Ghallab remarked that the resigned minister was once the target of a defamation campaign led by the Muslim Brotherhood branch in Qatar. He was labeled as an embodiment of opportunism, extortion and corruption.

Now, however, he been turned into an “angel” after he agreed to follow Iran’s agenda in Yemen, said Ghallab.

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