Cairo: Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi has sworn in new officials whose appointments raised objections from several powers in the country, including the Southern Transitional Council (STC).
Hadi Tuesday swore in Ahmed Saleh Al Musai as Yemen’s prosecutor-general, Ahmed Obeid as the head of the advisory Shura Council, and both Abdullah Abul Gheith and Wahi Taha as deputy heads of the Shura Council, Yemen’s official news agency reported.
They took the oath of office in Riyadh.
Hadi made the appointments in decrees issued on Friday, drawing protests from the STC that is a partner to a recently formed government.
The STC called the presidential decrees “one-sided” and constituted “glaring departure” from a power-sharing deal signed in 2019.
The Southern Judiciary Club, meanwhile, said it would go to court to demand invalidating the presidential decree on Al Musai’s appointment. The Club’s Executive Bureau said that the appointment had violated the judicial authority’s law.
Last month, a new Yemeni government was formed as part of a Saudi-brokered pact between Hadi’s authority and the STC.
In November 2019, the Yemeni government and the STC signed the accord, officially dubbed the Riyadh Agreement, which ended a months-long feud between both sides to refocus efforts on fighting Al Houthi rebels.
Al Houthis, aligned with Iran, have plunged Yemen into a devastating conflict after they toppled the internationally recognised government and overran the capital Sana’a in late 2014.