Yemen's president Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi (C) smiling after walking off a Saudi air force plane upon his return from exile to the southern city Aden on November 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / HO / YEMENI PRESIDENCY
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Yemen's president has appointed a veteran general as armed forces deputy commander in a bid to rally support from tribes and troops in the rebel-held Sanaa region, military sources said.Hadi himself is supreme commander of the armed forces.In 2013, Hadi named the influential general his military and security affairs adviser after dramatically restructuring the military to curb the influence of those linked to Saleh.Military sources explained Hadi's decision as an attempt to gain the confidence of tribal dignitaries and senior army commanders in the Sanaa region, where Ahmar wields much influence.
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