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Yemen: unsatisfactory ministerial change

Over the mid of the day, President Abdu Raboo Mansiur Hadi orders cabinet reshuffle and shuts down newspaper and TV channel owned by former president. The clousre of the TV channel and the newspaper was in respones to the aggresive campaigns that  particiapte in destabilising  the current social, political and economic fragile situation.

The five ministers in a cabinet reshuffle amid angry street protests over power cuts and fuel shortages.

The changes announced by the official Saba news agency on Wednesday, include the finance, electricity, and oil, foreign and information ministers.

Abdullah Mohsen al-Akwa, was named as deputy prime minister and minister of electricity, while Naser Taha Mustafa replaced Ali al-Amrani as information minister.

The newly appointed oil and minerals minister was knocked out three months after his appointment. Abdul Qader Shaea will replace Khalid Bahah who was appointed as Ambassador to the UN, while the UN ambassador Jamal al-Sallal was a ppointed foreign minister, replacing Dr. Abdul Baker al-Qirbi.

Mohammed Mansour Zamam appointed minister for finance replacing Sakhar al-Wajeeh , who ws appointed governore for Hodeidah.

The reshuffle did not meet with the people as they were waiting for a full cabinet change, thinking that the problems of Yemen is not with few ministerS repalcement. The prime minister is no longer welcomed by the majority of Yemen  community accusing him for doing nothing for the past three years.

The reshuffle comes as thousands took to the streets of Sanaa on Wednesday to protest against power cuts and fuel shortages.

Deeply-tribal Yemen has suffered a total blackout since Tuesday, with the entire national power and energy grid down, including Marib’s gas plant, according to the electricity and energy ministry.

Yemeni warplanes struck tribesmen on Wednesday suspected of sabotaging power lines a day earlier, leaving the country without electricity and prompting angry protests in the capital.

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