Yemeni president in standoff with Saleh son over Scuds

December 11, 2012 18:35

SANAA - The commander of Yemen's Republican Guards has refused orders from the president to hand long-range missiles over to the Defense Ministry, political sources said, raising the risk of a showdown between the country's two most powerful figures.

The standoff between Brigadier General Ahmed Saleh, son of ousted former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, and President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi could delay an overhaul of armed forces that split last year during a mass uprising, worsening disorder.

Restoring security in Yemen is a priority for the United States and Gulf allies because a-Qaida militants are entrenched in parts of the country, posing a potential threat to top oil exporter Saudi Arabia next door and nearby shipping lanes.

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