Ye­men’s pres­i­dent sacks gover­nor ac­cused of ties to al-Qaida

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

SANAA, Ye­men — Ye­men’s pres­i­dent has sacked a gover­nor who was sanc­tioned by the U.S. Trea­sury Depart­ment for his ties with al-Qaida.

The pres­i­den­tial de­cree by Abed Rab­bou Man­sour Hadi was is­sued on Sun­day. Hadi re­moved the gover­nor of the cen­tral prov­ince of al-Bayda, Nayef al-Qaysi, and named Salah al-Ras­sass as his re­place­ment. Bayda is a known al-Qaida hotbed, and where the U.S. had car­ried out airstrikes and raids in the past years hunt­ing the group’s op­er­a­tives.

Al-Qaysi was clas­si­fied by the U.S. as a “spe­cially des­ig­nated global ter­ror­ist’’ over al­le­ga­tions that he fi­nanced the group. Al-Qaida in the Ara­bian Penin­sula, as the Ye­men af­fil­i­ate is known, has long been seen as the global net­work’s most dan­ger­ous branch, and has been im­pli­cated in a num­ber of at­tempted at­tacks on the U.S. home­land.

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