Wadi Hadramawt.. a real test for the future of the "presidential office"English - Monday 30 January 2023 الساعة 08:48 am
After about a month and a half, the President of the Presidential Leadership Council returned, on Saturday, to the capital, Aden, in light of the challenges and difficult files facing the Council at the local and external levels, as it approaches its first year and raises questions about the future of the Council during the next stage.
Al-Alimi returned with only one member of the Council, Abdul Rahman Al-Mahrami, while the rest of the Council members are outside the country, which means that the Council will not resume holding its meetings in the presence of all its members in the capital, Aden, as was the case before the events of Shabwa last August, amid fears of their recurrence today. .
The political and military tension that the regions of Hadramout Valley are experiencing today, almost coincides with the scene that Shabwa experienced before the events of last August, and also matches the weak dealings of the Presidential Command Council and its inability to prevent its development into an armed clash between military and security formations, all of which are either subject to the authority of the Council in its image as a representative of the state or For members and forces affiliated within the framework of the Council.
Over the past few days, fears of a military explosion in the areas of Wadi Hadramout have escalated, with the Presidential Command Council continuing to ignore the popular and southern demands that have been going on for months to remove the forces of the First Military Region, and replace them with the Hadrami Elite Forces.
And last Friday, the head of the Transitional Council in the valley stated that "the defeat of the forces of the first military region is only a matter of time," adding that "the Hadrami elite forces are on the outskirts of Seiyun and they are watching the scene and waiting for orders to move and remove terrorism from the valley," he said.
This clear threat of a military option by the transitional government comes in the wake of the clear position expressed by Governor Mabkhout bin Madi last week in his first media appearance, in which he affirmed the local authority's adoption of popular demands and work to remove the forces of the first region and replace them with elite forces.
The governor clearly expressed the fears of the people of Hadramout about these forces and the affiliation of its leadership and most of its members to areas under Houthi control, recalling what the forces of the second military region did in 2015 AD and its members leaving Mukalla and the coastal districts to fall into the hands of al-Qaeda.
It is noteworthy in what the governor said in the context of his defense of the Barshaid Brigade of the Hadrami elite because most of its members belong to the southern governorates and his attempt to link it to the status of the forces of the first region, where he stressed that the Barshaid Brigade is subject to his decisions, in a clear reference to the fact that the region's forces are not subject to the orders of the local authority.
What the governor of Hadramout said reminds of what the governor of Shabwa, instead of the minister, was subjected to, with the presence of military and security formations loyal to the Brotherhood and refusing to obey the orders and directives of the local authority, which led the situation to the military clash last August, after the failure of the leadership council to subdue these formations and dismiss their rebellious Brotherhood leadership.
This is what is feared to be repeated today in the Hadramout Valley, in light of the failure of the Presidential Leadership Council to resolve matters and respond to the demands of the people of the valley to replace the Hadrami Elite Forces in place of the First Region forces, and transfer them to the battle fronts in the face of the Houthi militia.