Reports Yemen president's health is deteriorating after heart attack
Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, President of Yemen, 12 February 2018 [z_sattam/Twitter]
May 11, 2020 at 3:07 pm
Sources close to exiled Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi leaked news about his deteriorating health on Thursday after reports emerged that he was hospitalised following a heart attack in the Saudi capital Riyadh where he has been residing since he fled the country five years ago.
According to the Yemen Press Agency
, citing sources within the Hadi government, the Yemeni president is an intensive care unit at the King Faisal Hospital.
The sources disclosed that the 74-year-old was brought into intensive care twice over a 24-hour period with the hospital starting the process of implanting coronary arteries to try to save him.
However, Hadi's office and his internationally-recognised government have so far not issued any official statement.
He was scheduled to leave for treatment in the US last month due to a significant deterioration in his health, but the flight ban amid the coronavirus pandemic
The analysis noted that Hadi has already travelled to the world-leading Cleveland Clinic in the US for cardiovascular treatment on a private Saudi plane five times over the last five years, having reportedly only visited Yemen on six occasions within that time.
Hadi's Vice President, Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar, will likely succeed him due to constitutional technicalities, although he is even more reviled and divisive as a political figure in Yemen, with known links to Al-Qaeda.
Hadi's departure could push Yemen, and the coalition fighting against the Houthis, into further instability and fragmentation.
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