Saudi Arabia has on Tuesday foiled a new attempt by puppet ruler of Yemen Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi to flee his permanent residence in Riyadh.
This was reported by Yemen News Portal, based on sources familiar with the issue.
According to sources in Hadi’s office, Saudi Arabia rejected Hadi’s demand to attend a celebration in Hadhramaut on the anniversary of 31 years of Yemeni unity, noting that it prevented his crew from preparing his trip to Seiyun and even intensified the guards on his residence in Riyadh.
This is the second time that the coalition has prevented Hadi from returning to Yemen in less than a month, when Hadi had already applied to Saudi Arabia to return to Aden earlier.
Then too, his request was officially rejected.
Over the past few days, Hadi has intensified his constant attempts to get out of his “residence” in order to return to the scene.
This is an indication that Saudi Arabia has been trying to keep Hadi under close watch and under house arrest, in the hope of reaching an agreement ending the war against Yemen without having to consult Hadi’s opinion.
Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi was president of Yemen between February 2012 and January 2015, when he resigned following the September 21 Revolution of 2014.
He fled to Saudi Arabia in early 2015, even though he had been repeatedly invited by revolutionary forces to take part in a unity government, and rescinded his resignation.
Although Hadi is still officially propped up as the “legitimate president” by the Saudi-led coalition that has been invading Yemen since March 2015, he has reportedly been residing in de facto house arrest in Riyadh since 2017, with Saudi Arabia nearly completely ignoring him regarding Yemeni affairs.