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Saudi-backed regime to form southern component against UAE-backed separatists

The Saudi-backed regime of self-appointed “prime minister” Ahmed bin Daghr is set to form a specifically southern office in order to oppose South Yemen separatist movements, the Yemen Press Agency reported.

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SANA’A – The Saudi-backed regime of self-appointed “prime minister” Ahmed bin Daghr is set to form a specifically southern component in order to oppose South Yemen separatist movements, the Yemen Press Agency reported.

The bin Daghr regime, theoretically led by self-declared “president” Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, who has been living under virtual lockdown in Saudi Arabia for years, has decided to appoint a 40-member authority to “rule” over southern Yemen on its behalf. The regime of bin Daghr is based in Aden, but its hold over Yemen, even the Saudi-occupied zones, is weak at best.

The decision comes after continued conflict between Hadi supporters and militants of the Southern Transitional Council (STC), which is being supported by the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The STC aims to secede all of former South Yemen into an independent nation, as it was between 1967 and 1990.

The pro-bin Daghr southern authority consists out of several pro-Saudi politicians, including representatives from the Wahhabi Al-Islah Party, and will be led by Brigadier General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, the so-called “Vice President” of the Hadi regime. Ahmar’s appointment has however reportedly led to immediate discontent already, as the general is known for his Wahhabi leanings, as well as for his ruthless persecution of South Yemenis during the 1994 North-South conflict.

Historian specializing in Arab history, Islamic studies and geopolitical analysis. Active in the anti-imperialist movement in Belgium

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