Vital replacements to intelligence, MOD

Published on 13 September 2012 in News
Ahmed Dawood (author)

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From left (clockwise): Nasr Taha Mustafa, Ali Al-Ansi, Hisham Sharaf, Ali Al-Ahmadi

From left (clockwise): Nasr Taha Mustafa, Ali Al-Ansi, Hisham Sharaf, Ali Al-Ahmadi

SANA’A – Different views arose regarding President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi’s latest decrees late Tuesday, replacing people at the helm of the Ministry of Defense, the Intelligence Department and several governorates.

Hadi issued the decrees, meant to make radical changes, on the heels of the apparent assassination attempt on the Defense Minister Mohammed Nasser Ahmed Tuesday in the vicinity of the Cabinet compound, leaving 12 dead.

Mohammed Saif Haider, a columnist and a political analyst, said Hadi’s decrees came at a vital stage. He said the changes were part of Hadi’s agenda, but Tuesday’s bombing outside the Cabinet accelerated the move.

Haider also said the changes aimed to reorganize and to amend the Ministry of Defense, but they weren’t radical changes. He only moved people from one position to another to activate them.

Concerning the changes in governorates, Haider said they were expected and that new changes, including several ministers in the reconciliation government, will take place soon.

Haider said the changes will help Sana’a to regain stability and security and will renew the effectiveness of intelligence apparatuses that failed to face Yemen’s challenges.

Doctor Mahmoud Bokari, a political sociology professor at Sana’a University, said Hadi’s decrees reflect his wish to uproot the belief that a position is the propriety of the person in charge and that new people instead of known figures be chosen.

Bokari said more recycling is needed in high positions, adding that the new leaders should prove they are qualified and able to make the sought-after changes.

Ahmed Saif Hashid, a member of parliament and a political activist, said the decrees were supposed to happen earlier, but better late than never.

He said stability and security in Yemen wouldn’t be achieved without the dismissal of essential military leaders such as Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar, commander of the First Armored Division, and Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, commander of the Republican Guards.

“Unless these two are dismissed of their positions, the decrees are of no value because they are the real danger to Yemen’s future.

Nabeel Haider, a writer and political analyst, questioned the secrecy behind issuing these decrees, particularly following Tuesday’s assassination attempt on the Minister of Defense. He said if there is a real desire for change, then the decisions should have all come at the same time.

Speaking with respect to the replacement of Ali Mohammed Al-Anisi, now former head of Political Security, Haider said the purpose of this change was not to improve the performance of the organization but because Al-Anisi is close to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Haider said the new head is not skillful enough in fighting terrorism; appointments, in essence, have to do with loyalties, not professionalism.

Dr. Ali Hussein Al-Ahmadi was appointed head of Political Security, replacing Al-Anisi. Brigadier General Abdulhameed Mohammed Ismael Al-Soswa was installed as manager of the Financial Unit at the Defense Ministry. Brigadier general Abdullah Ghalib Al-Qabodi was appointed manager of the Military Retirement Unit. Brigadier General Ahmed Mohsen Al-Yafae assumed the Military Intellegence Unit, and Brigadier General Hussein Ghuthaim was appointed a military attaché.

Moreover, Hadi appointed Nassar Taha Mustfa the Presidency Office manager and Dr. Ali Mansour bin Safa as general secretary of the Republic Presidency.

The appointments have not been limited to intelligence and defense. The reconciliation government witnessed changes as well. Engineer Ahmed Abdullah Dares was appointed the minister of oil and minerals, and Hisham Sharf replaced the minister of higher education.

Mohammed Hussein Damaj, Ahmed Ali Bahaj, Mohammed Salem Bin Abood, Abdulghani Jameel and Al-Dahiri Al-Shadadi were appointed the governors of Amran, Shabwa, Al-Jawf, Sana’a and Al-Beida, respectively.