Yemen appoints Saleh’s brother as commander of the Reserve forces

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Yemeni President Abdurbo Mansour Hadi issued a presidential decree on Saturday appointing Major General Ali Saleh Afash al-Humairi, the half-brother of late President Ali Abdullah Saleh, as commander of the Reserve forces.

A Republican Decree No. (48) of 2018 was issued, appointing al-Humairi as commander of the Reserve forces, according to the Yemeni official news agency.

The Reserve forces became the new name of the Republican Guard forces, which was led by the son of the late President, Brigadier Ahmed Ali Saleh, after the 2013 restructuring of the army and public security.

Ali Saleh Afash was the first commander of the Republican Guard, before being ousted in 1998, and Brigadier Ahmed, Saleh’s son being appointed as its leader.

He is the highest-ranked military official of the relatives of the late president, the first to declare joining and supporting the legitimacy of Yemen, after he managed to escape the Houthi militias in Sanaa.

After killing Saleh, early last December, the Houthis started massive arrests and assassinations against Saleh’s relatives and loyalists.

Major General Ali Afash, was one of the most prominent military commanders in his brother's regime, was the director of the commander-in-chief of the armed forces office, he remained in this position until the fall of Saleh’s regime in 2011.

General Ali Saleh Afash’s role in regrouping the Republican Guard forces, or the Reserve forces according to the new name, will be crucial because of his history as a military commander and his influence on the military leaders. He is considered as a founder of the Republican Guard and its historical leader, before being succeeded by Saleh’s son, Brigadier Ahmed.