Written By: Elena White
Article Date: May 2, 2012 - 11:00:55 AM
Brigadier General Yehia Mohamed Saleh, the Commander of the Central Security Forces and nephew to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh reiterated his reluctance to run for the next presidential elections in two years, contradicting rumors.
In a recent interview with the Gulf newspaper the General expressed his support to President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi, stressing that as a military man in service of his country he will always remain loyal to the Republic and perform his duties to the nest of his abilities.
He reinforced his successes as Head of the Central Security Forces saying that under his leadership Yemen had managed to institute bi-genders units, including women within the counterterrorism task force which in terms of gender equality is a major achievement.
General Yehia further emphasized that with the Republican Guards, his troops were the best equipped and trained to combat al-Qaeda, and represented Yemen’s best lines of defense against the terror threat. Trained and financed by the US, the Central Security Forces are one of the country’s elites.
But most importantly, Yehia Saleh called on his fellow Yemenis to forgive each other for the sake of the nation, saying dwelling on past grievances was pointless, especially given the dire economic and political situation in Yemen. He, himself announced he was willing to turn a page on last year’s events, referring to the bomb attack against his uncle in June 3rd 2011 and concentrate on rebuilding Yemen.
• Yemen seizes military materiel
• Yemen: Democracy School certified as division of Defense for Children International
• Yemen’s army shells tribal areas after pipeline sabotage
• Sawa’a organization calls for Jewish involvement in Yemen’s National Dialogue
• US aircraft carrying soldiers, equipment lands in Yemen