Yemeni security member stand guard outside a court during the postponement of a sentencing hearing for suspected Al-Qaeda militants in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on January 13 , 2015. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS
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Yemeni President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi has appointed top security officials known for their close ties to Shiite militiamen who have overrun the capital and to former strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh.The Houthi militia fighters, who now appear in full control of Sanaa, have demanded the government – formed in November under a U.N.-brokered peace deal – recruit thousands of their supporters for the army and security forces.Hadi, who gave no reason for the security appointments, named another Shiite close to the Houthis, Colonel Nasser al-Shawthabi, as director of the police special force's operations.Hadi tapped General Yehya Qarqar, known for his strong ties with Saleh, as police chief of staff, replacing General Ahmed Maqdeshi who is close to the anti-Houthi Sunni Islamist Al-Islah Party.
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