Saturday, April 7, 2012

Yemen in major military shakeup

(CNN) -- A number of relatives of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh were replaced Friday in a major shakeup of the military, though two prominent members of his family remained in powerful military posts.

Friday's moves were announced in a statement by a spokesman for the Yemeni Embassy in Washington and attributed to the current president, Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi.

"President Hadi promised major change in the military, and tonight that promise was delivered," said Mohammed Albasha, the embassy spokesman. "This is the biggest military shakeup in modern Yemen history."

One of the Salehs sacked in the shuffle was the former president's half-brother, Gen. Mohammed Saleh Al-Ahmar, who had been head of air force. He is now an assistant to the minister of defense.

Another of the sacked Salehs was the former president's nephew, Tareq Saleh, who had been head of the presidential guard. Read More