DUBAI (Reuters) - Yemeni Prime Minister Khaled Bahah rejected a cabinet reshuffle ordered on Tuesday by President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi as “illegitimate”, a senior government official said.
Hadi said earlier on Tuesday he was replacing five ministers, including acting foreign minister Reyad Yassin Abdulla, according to a decree carried by the Hadi-run state Saba news agency www.sabanew.net.
The Saudi-backed Hadi, who returned to the southern city of Aden last month after he was driven into exile by Houthi fighters in March, is trying to restore his authority in areas which his supporters have recaptured from the Houthis.
“A personal announcement will be issued rejecting the ministerial changes because they are illegitimate,” the source told Reuters, adding that Hadi had made the changes without consulting Bahah, who is also the vice president.
Reporting by Sami Aboudi; Editing by Dominic Evans