Hadi denies extension of term, government reshuffle
Hadi denied rumors of adding two more years to his period as a president and rumors of a government reshuffle.
In a statement delivered Sunday while meeting with government officials in Sana’a, Hadi said any rumors regarding an increased term and a government reshuffle are fabricated and are intended to create chaos in Yemen.
In a statement published by state-run Saba News Agency, Hadi said, “The period is clear and specified by the Gulf Initiative. There is no need to make a wrong prediction.”
News about adding two years to Hadi’s term raised controversy among some Yemenis. Some people accepted the idea while others refused it completely.
Sultan Al-Atwani, head of the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP), which shares half of the ministerial portfolios in government with the General People’s Congress (GPC), warned that adding additional years to Hadi’s period is a violation of the Gulf Initiative and the revolution.
Hassan Zaid, head of Yemeni opposition group Al-Haq, welcomed this news. For his part, Abdullah Sabri, a leader in the JMP, said adding years to Hadi’s period is welcomed by political leaders from ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s former regime.
Sabri said Hadi has not shown any intention to stay longer as president since taking office in February. He seems to be adhering to the terms of the Gulf Initiative, he said.
“Barely, Hadi is trying to coordinate between the parts of conflict in Yemen in order to find a way out of this situation,” Sabri said. “He deals with the presidency as a burden on him.”