Yemenis Rally To Demand Army Shake-up


Salon Staff
March 2, 2012 5:09PM (UTC)

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Huge crowds are gathering in Yemen's capital Sanaa and other cities, demanding the dismissal of officers loyal to ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh from the country's armed forces.

Demonstrators chanted "Restructure the army," recalling commitments made by incoming President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to make a shake-up of the military a top priority.

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Hadi took over from Saleh last week as part of a U.S.-backed power-transfer deal aimed at ending over a year of political turmoil. But Saleh's opponents fear he will continue to exert power from behind the scenes.

Yemen regularly sees massive demonstrations every Friday after midday prayers. Activists say hundreds of thousands participate, but the numbers cannot be independently verified.


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