The Saudi-led coalition has on Sunday refused the proposal of self-proclaimed President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, to name Ahmed al-Maisari as Minister of the Interior in the new government.
This move could stir up the conflict in the southern provinces due to the social and military weigh of al-Maisari there.
Diplomatic sources said that the Saudi ambassador to Yemen, Mohammed al-Jaber, told Hadi that al-Maisari and al-Jabwani are excluded from the new composition.
Hadi’s share in the new government remains miniscule, as the coalition requires the approval of the Southern Transitional Council to name most of its ministers.
Hadi retains only four sovereign portfolios, including those of Finance, Interior and foreign Affairs, but he cannot actually appoint any ministers to these positions without the STC’s explicit approval.
These developments point to a new crisis over the formation of a new puppet government, and harms the propaganda campaign portraying the administration as legitimate.