Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Protesters call for re-Saleh

Thousands of protesters gathered Tuesday outside the residence of Yemeni Vice President to demand the interim leader to form a council to create a new government and replace the wounded President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Along with the peaceful protest in the capital Sanaa, were fought fierce battles Tuesday in a southern city in the hands of militant Islamists.

About four thousand demonstrators in Sana'a, for five months have been calling for the resignation of Saleh, called a "march of a million" for the president to stay in Saudi Arabia, where he is being treated for wounds sustained on Friday in an attack his palace. "The people want to form a transitional council.

Do not sleep, we will not sit until the formation of the council," chanted the demonstrators. Some demonstrators carried signs reading "The blood of those released was victorious." One banner said "Our revolution is Yemeni. No American or Persian Gulf." "We will stay outside the residence of Vice President for 24 hours to push him to form the transitional council," said Omar al-Qudsi, an activist in "The Saleh was over," he said.

Saleh, 69, was wounded Friday in a rocket attack on his palace in Sanaa. Seven people died in what senior officials described as an assassination attempt. Is being treated at a hospital in Riyadh. The volatile situation in Yemen, an impoverished nation in the middle of the oil transportation routes, alarm Western powers and neighboring oil giant Saudi Arabia, who fear that chaos will facilitate the actions of a local faction of Al Qaeda.

Saleh's absence could be an opportunity to remove him from power after nearly 33 years. "We are calling for a peaceful and orderly transition," said Monday the U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. British Prime Minister David Cameron called the vice president Abu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi Saleh appointed as interim president, and pressed him to declare a ceasefire.

Hadi Saleh has insisted he would return in a few days. Saleh said Saudi authorities decide whether to return or not, but Riyadh, like other foreign powers might try to revive a transition agreement mediated by several Persian Gulf countries for the Yemeni leader resigns in exchange for immunity.

"Saleh's departure is probably permanent," said Robert Powell, an analyst with Yemen in the Economist Intelligence Unit "The Saudis and the United States and the European Union, are pushing to stay in Saudi Arabia because they see the prospect his return as a catastrophe. " "Before his departure, the country was sliding inexorably toward civil war.

However, his transfer has suddenly opened a window to restart the proposed diplomatic mediated Gulf appeared unsuccessful. It seems that Saudi Arabia and other interested parties will not allow Saleh's rout this time. "Saudi Arabia is concerned by the actions of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a faction based in Yemen, which has made bold but not very effective attacks on targets Saudis and Americans.

The Yemeni army said had killed scores of Islamic militants, including a local leader of Al Qaeda in the southern town of Zinjibar, the capital of the restive province of Abyan. A local official said 15 soldiers had died in the battle for control of the city caption about 10 days ago by militants.

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