Смена режима в Йемене становится делом личного характера

САНА (Йемен). Когда 18 марта президент Йемена Али Абдалла Салех приказал военным открыть огонь по мирным протестующим, призывавшим его к отставке, то решил этим свою печальную судьбу. Волна военных, правительственных и дипломатических «отступников», возглавляемых его давним союзником, командиром Первой танковой бригады генералом Али Мухсин аль-Ахмаром, пошатнула его режим.

Но, хотя аль-Ахмар и заявил о том, что был потрясен применением силы, и дал клятву защищать конституцию, его решение было всем чем угодно, кроме проявления альтруизма. Рассерженный генерал, имеющий давние связи с джихадистами Йемена, с которыми борется США, попросту искал способ расплатиться с семьей президента.

Отношения между аль-Ахмаром и Салехом берут начало в их детстве: вторым мужем матери Салеха стал дядя аль-Ахмара. Хотя они и не являются неполными братьями, подобное частое, пусть и ошибочное представление, характеризует степень их связи. Аль-Ахмара давно считали либо правой рукой Салеха, либо тайным президентом страны. Когда Насеристская партия попыталась свергнуть Салеха спустя всего 100 дней его президентства, аль-Ахмар защитил его и подавил переворот. В 1994 г. его войска разгромили сепаратистское движение на юге.

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