Yemeni president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi on Thursday (November 8th) replaced the defence minister and the army chief of staff, AFP reported.
Hadi named Mohammed al-Maqdashi as defence minister to replace Mahmoud al-Subaihi, who has been detained by the Iran-backed Houthis (Ansarallah) for years, local media reported.
Hadi had not replaced the detained minister since 2014, when the Houthis overran Sanaa.
The naming of a replacement comes days after Oman, which has remained neutral in the conflict, intervened in an attempt to secure al-Subaihi’s release.
Hadi also named Abdullah al-Nakhii as chief of staff.