Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Saleh urged to 'immediately' step down

Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:17PM
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Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis have taken to the streets to say that they will not accept President Ali Abdullah Saleh's 'maneuvers,' calling for his immediate resignation.

Despite deepening political crisis, mounting desertions by his supporters and thousands of protesters in the streets, Saleh is still adamant of staying in power.

As dialogue between the Yemeni ruling party and opposition has reached a deadlock, Yemenis accused Saleh on Wednesday of resorting to "maneuvers" to gain time, a Press TV correspondent reported from Sana'a.

Saleh has been faced with mass protests since the end of January, calling for an end to his 32-year rule.

The demonstration, which started at the Change Square of Sana'a University, was prevented by security forces and riot police from marching toward the presidential palace.

While the defection increases by the day in Saleh's regime, his son-in-law Yahia Mohammed Ismael also defected joining the protesters and a number of military officials, who had deserted previously.

In a televised speech, Saleh vowed that the time of initiatives had ended and that he would continue his term until 2013 when it officially ends.

He said that if the majority of 95 percent of the people respect the security, stability, development and unity of the country and a minority of 5 percent disturbs the security of the nation, than who has to give up the path -- of course the minority.

Most Yemeni cities are witnessing security deterioration, and the death toll from an explosion in the ammunition factory has risen to 150.

Reports confirmed that the city of Abien is under the control of armed men who had previously looted the ammunition factory and other key government buildings.

Protesters at the Change Square are becoming more determined to continue their sit-in until the ouster of the regime.


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