ADEN, Nov 17- The governor of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s interim capital Aden has resigned, citing what he said was government corruption that had undermined his efforts to restore basic services to the city.
Abdulaziz al-Muflehi’s resignation just six months after his appointment deals a blow to Hadi’s government as it pushes its fight against the Iran-aligned Houthis who have seized much of northern Yemen since late 2014, forcing Hadi into exile.
Officials from Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr’s office did not respond to repeated requests for comment. The government denies charges of corruption and says it operates according to high standards of transparency.
In a lengthy letter sent to Hadi, Muflehi said he had intended to focus on infrastructure building and activating state bodies such as the judiciary and police when he assumed office in May.
“Unfortunately, I found myself caught in a bitter war against a huge camp of corruption whose brigades are well trained and fortifications are protected by guards led by Prime Minister Dr. Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr,” Muflehi wrote in his resignation letter, a copy of which was sent to Reuters.
The letter was also published by local media, including online newspapers Aden News and Aden al-Ghad.