Yemen president names new defence chiefs
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.