The Deteriorating Security Situation in Yemen

EPC | 13 Oct 2013

As the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) reaches a dead end and representatives of the Southern Movement and Houthis boycott its closing sessions, the political and security situation has erupted and the security concern has reached high levels. This security situation forced 16 cabinet ministers to flee the country with their families under the pretext of spending the Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) vacation abroad. With the escalation of the state of lawlessness, President Hadi ordered the Presidential Guards forces to deploy in large areas of the capital to secure his movements. Furthermore, the president started to wear a bulletproof vest during events out of fear that he might be the target of an assassination attempt. The Yemeni security forces also deployed another layer of security in and around Sana’a, which is the first of its kind in the country’s history. There were leaked reports that the president suggested relocating the capital to Aden, as well as all state institutions and the discussion of choices after indications of the failure of NDC and the recent rising security flaws.

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