ADEN, Yemen, Abdul-Aziz Muflihi, the governor of the southern port city of Aden, declared resignation on Thursday, accusing the Saudi-backed Yemeni government based in the city of “rampant corruption.”

In his resignation letter to Yemeni President Abdu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, Muflihi said he faced strong difficulties during his stint as the governor of Aden since the Saudi-backed Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr is leading a “large camp of corruption.”

“A large camp of corruption impeded me from serving my beloved city Aden and improving the basic services,” he said.

“I really found myself at an intense war with a large camp of corruption whose brigades are trained and protected by Prime Minister bin Daghr,” Muflihi added.

Muflihi also asked the citizens of Aden to forgive him for “the recent deterioration of basic services including electricity and the skyrocketing prices of food created by the corruption of the Yemeni government.”

In April, President Hadi issued a decree and appointed Muflihi to replace Aiderous al-Zubaidi who now heads the Southern Transitional Council (STC) demanding secession from the northern Yemeni provinces.

Minutes after the resignation of Aden’s governor, heavy security forces backed by armored vehicles were deployed across streets and around government facilities.

The southern port city of Aden is considered Yemen’s temporary capital and the Saudi-backed Yemeni government has based itself there since 2015.

In recent weeks, Aden has witnessed a series of suicide attacks and drive-by shootings by Islamic State militants.

On Tuesday, a vehicle loaded with explosives rammed into an operations room for the UAE-backed Yemeni troops in Aden and killed 11, just nine days after a similar attack that targeted the Criminal Investigation Department building in the city and claimed 47 lives.



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