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President Hadi restructures military unites and Dismiss Former President Nephew

National Yemen

President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi

Yemen’s president abolished two major military units on Wednesday, state television reported, a move that appeared aimed at undermining a political rival and could deepen instability in the impoverished Arab state.

Restoring security in Yemen is a priority for Washington and its Gulf allies because al Qaeda militants are entrenched in parts of the country, posing a potential threat to top oil exporter Saudi Arabia next door and nearby shipping lanes.

State television reported that President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi issued decrees that restructured the armed forces into four major units and abolished the Republican Guard and the First Armoured Division.

“The army was restructured into four units: the land forces, the navy, the air force and the border forces,” state television reported.