|code: 338049||Date: 2012/08/19 - 22:25||source: Press TV|
Tensions rise over army future in Yemen
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Some 200 members of the elite unit marched to the Defense Ministry in the capital Sana’a on Saturday to protest against President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi’s decision to form his own presidential protection force.
Hadi also wanted to restrict the military power of Saleh’s son Brig. Gen. Ahmed Ali Saleh, who is in command of the country’s most well equipped and trained army, the Republican Guards.
Meanwhile, revolutionaries are worried that a civil war would break out in the country if Yemen’s army remained divided.
On Tuesday, several soldiers were killed and many others injured when forces loyal to Saleh’s son besieged and blocked the roads leading to the defense complex.
The assault came one week after Hadi sought to weaken the authority of Ahmed Ali Saleh by transferring some of his units to a new presidential protection force.
The military commission, which is assigned to oversee the implementation of the power transfer deal backed by the US and Saudi Arabia, said that it is investigating the incident and promised to bring the perpetrators to justice.