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1 Jul 2016

‘Trapped by all the sides’ in Yemen’s largely ignored war

For weeks, Yemen s warring factions have held peace talks to end their 16-month civil war, bringing a sense of calm to much of the country. But in the southwestern city of Taiz the conflict rages on, defying a U.N.-backed cease-fire. Civilians are indiscriminately killed or wounded daily. Thousands languish in ragged displacement camps. Humanitarian groups are blocked from adequately helping victims. On one side of the war is an alliance of Shiite Houthi rebels and loyalists of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. On the other side is the government, backed by the United States, Saudi Arabia and other regional powers.
For weeks, Yemen s warring factions have held peace talks to end their 16-month civil war, bringing a sense of calm to...

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14 Apr 2016

Talking to Yemen’s Hadi: A president resisting defeat

For the past two years, Hadi has been viewed by many - inside and outside of Yemen - as a weak, hesitant and conspiratorial person. At least this is how media outlets, particularly that owned by the ousted former President Ali Abdulla Saleh, portray him. What Hadi told me during our meeting seemed to confirm what many Yemenis already believe about Saleh: that he is somebody who thrives on planting the seeds of strife. Saleh's personality is dominated by two traits, he said: violence and holding grudges.
For the past two years, Hadi has been viewed by many - inside and outside of Yemen - as a weak, hesitant and...

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27 Mar 2016

Massive rally in Yemen’s Sanaa to mark war anniversary

Ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh calls for peace talks with Saudi Arabia as tens of thousands gather in Yemeni capital. Tens of thousands of Yemenis took to the streets of the capital Sanaa on Saturday to mark the first anniversary of the war between a coalition led by Saudi Arabia against Iran-allied fighters who had overthrown the government. The gathering, one of the biggest in Yemen since mass protests in 2011 forced President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down, took place ahead of a ceasefire and UN-sponsored peace talks next month.
Ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh calls for peace talks with Saudi Arabia as tens of thousands gather in Yemeni capital....

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16 Apr 2015

Former Yemeni leader asks Gulf states for safe exit

Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has sent messages to Arab Gulf states, asking for a safe exit for himself and his family, sources told Al Jazeera. Saleh, who was forced to step down in 2012 after a wave of protests against his rule, is said to be backing Houthi rebels who have seized the capital Sanaa and are battling forces loyal to embattled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who fled to Saudi Arabia.
Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has sent messages to Arab Gulf states, asking for a safe exit for himself and...

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14 Aug 2012

Gunmen attack Yemen defence ministry offices

Three people have been killed and nine have been wounded when troops from Yemen's elite Republican Guard force attacked the headquarters of the defence ministry but were repelled, the Reuters news agency reports. The forces, led by the son of ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh, laid siege to the ministry in Sanaa on Tuesday before attacking it with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades, witnesses said.
Three people have been killed and nine have been wounded when troops from Yemen's elite Republican Guard force attacked...

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27 Feb 2012

Saleh hands over Yemen reins to successor

Ali Abdullah Saleh, the outgoing Yemeni president, has formally handed over power to his vice-president, the winner of an uncontested campaign to replace him after 33 years of one-man rule. During a ceremony in the capital Sanaa on Monday, Saleh congratulated Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, his successor, and said he hoped for a peaceful transition of power.
Ali Abdullah Saleh, the outgoing Yemeni president, has formally handed over power to his vice-president, the winner of...

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21 Feb 2012

Saleh Cedes Authority in Yemen, but Hopes to Retain Influence

A day before a national vote that will signify the formal end of his presidency, Ali Abdullah Saleh signaled his hope to be an anomaly in the Arab Spring: a toppled autocrat who can preserve some degree of influence in his nation s governance
A day before a national vote that will signify the formal end of his presidency, Ali Abdullah Saleh signaled his hope to...

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7 Feb 2012

Saleh pledges early return to Yemen

Ali Abdullah Saleh, the outgoing Yemeni president, has said he will return to his country before an election to install his successor is finished, raising concerns about his commitment to a peace deal that would ease him out of power. Saleh is currently in the US receiving treatment for injuries he sustained during an assassination attempt last year in the capital Sanaa. He left in late January, apparently conveing his intention to abide by a plan to step down from power.
Ali Abdullah Saleh, the outgoing Yemeni president, has said he will return to his country before an election to install...

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29 Jan 2012

Yemeni Leader Arrives in U.S. for Medical Treatment

President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who left Yemen last week to seek medical treatment in the United States for injuries sustained when the presidential palace was bombed in June, arrived in the country Saturday night, Yemeni officials said.
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22 Jan 2012

Yemen’s Saleh leaves for U.S., opponents protest

Thousands of Yemenis protested Sunday against Saleh's immunity and demanded he be put on trial for the killing of hundreds of demonstrators during a year of unrest that brought the impoverished Arabian Peninsula country to the verge of civil war.
Thousands of Yemenis protested Sunday against Saleh's immunity and demanded he be put on trial for the killing of...

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22 Jan 2012

Yemen’s Saleh leaves for Oman

Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen's outgoing president, has left for Oman on his way to the United States for medical treatment, Yemeni officials said. An airport official said the plane took off from Sanaa airport to neighbouring Oman on Sunday evening, and an aide to Saleh said he would stay there for several days before heading to the US.
Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen's outgoing president, has left for Oman on his way to the United States for medical treatment,...

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22 Jan 2012

Yemen parliament approves immunity law

The Yemeni parliament has unanimously approved a law giving the country s outgoing president immunity from prosecution in return for his stepping down under a Gulf-brokered transition deal. The law, adopted on Saturday, gives Ali Abdullah Saleh "complete" immunity and also offers partial protection from legal action to his aides.
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20 Jan 2012

Yemen ‘amends’ proposed immunity law

A Yemeni draft law granting immunity to the outgoing president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, from prosecution over the killing of protesters has been amended to limit the legal protection to his aides and associated, according to a minister. The new immunity draft law, which has been heavily criticised by rights groups, the United Nations and Yemeni protesters, "grants complete immunity to president Saleh" but his assistants will only benefit from "political immunity", Mohammad Makhlafi, the legal affairs minister, told the Reuters news agency.
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10 Jan 2012

United States defends immunity law for Yemeni president Saleh

The United States has defended a Yemeni draft law that would grant outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh immunity from prosecution over the killing of protesters during an uprising against his rule, despite criticism from the United Nations.
The United States has defended a Yemeni draft law that would grant outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh immunity from...

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9 Jan 2012

Yemen cabinet approves immunity law for Saleh

Yemen's interim government has agreed to grant President Ali Abdullah Saleh, and anyone who has worked under him, amnesty against prosecution, paving the way for his departure in line with a Gulf plan to end deadly protests against his rule.
Yemen's interim government has agreed to grant President Ali Abdullah Saleh, and anyone who has worked under him,...

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4 Jan 2012

Yemen says Saleh will not travel to US

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh will not travel to the United States, a senior aide has said, reversing a pledge by the leader who has withstood nearly a year of protests and military challenges from rivals seeking to topple him. "The idea of President Saleh's visit to America is now unlikely," Abdu al-Janadi, a senior figure in Saleh's political party and Yemen's deputy information minister, told reporters on Wednesday. He said members of Saleh's party asked him to remain and help ensure that the deputy to whom Saleh has formally transferred power succeeds him in an election set for February.
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh will not travel to the United States, a senior aide has said, reversing a pledge by...

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4 Jan 2012

Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh relies on his political wits

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is as relentless as he is cunning, promising to step aside yet remaining very much in power even after nearly a year of deadly rebellion has edged his impoverished nation to the brink of implosion. Bearing the scars from an assassination attempt last year, Saleh, who has transferred duties to his vice president, still holds an uncanny sway over the country he has ruled for 33 years. He has been maneuvering for his son and nephews to retain control of Yemen's military and security agencies, and last week he startled many by canceling a trip to the U.S. for medical treatment.
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is as relentless as he is cunning, promising to step aside yet remaining very much...

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28 Dec 2011

The future of US policy in Yemen

Saleh has ruled Yemen for 33-years and Barack Obama, the US president, like his predecessor George Bush, regards him as a critical ally in the fight against al-Qaeda. But thousands of Yemenis have been protesting for months calling for Saleh to step down and hundreds have been killed by government security forces. In November, Saleh signed an agreement in Saudi Arabia, according to which he pledged to resign after next year's elections. In return, he was promised immunity from prosecution for crimes such as the killing of protesters during his rule.
Saleh has ruled Yemen for 33-years and Barack Obama, the US president, like his predecessor George Bush, regards him as...

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27 Dec 2011

Path Cleared for Saleh of Yemen to Get Care in U.S.

The Obama administration has decided in principle to allow the embattled president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to enter the United States for medical treatment, subject to certain assurances, two administration officials said Monday.
The Obama administration has decided in principle to allow the embattled president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to...

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26 Dec 2011

US ‘considering’ visit from Yemen’s Saleh

The administration of United States President Barack Obama is considering whether to allow Yemen's president into the country for medical treatment, as fresh violence and political tensions flare in the outgoing leader's home nation. A senior administration official said President Ali Abdullah Saleh's office requested that he be allowed to receive specialised treatment in the US for injuries sustained in a June attack on his compound.
The administration of United States President Barack Obama is considering whether to allow Yemen's president into the...

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25 Dec 2011

Yemenis rally across country over latest deaths of protesters, denounce vice president

Yemenis are rallying to express their anger over the latest deaths of protesters and to demand the resignation of the country's vice president for failing to bring the killers to justice. Tens of thousands marched Sunday in the capital Sanaa past the office of Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, denouncing him as a "tool in the hands" of outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Yemenis are rallying to express their anger over the latest deaths of protesters and to demand the resignation of the...

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24 Dec 2011

Yemen’s Saleh Says to Go to U.S., Let Government Function

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said on Saturday he would go to the United States in order to allow an interim government to prepare for an election to replace him, but did not specify when he would leave. Saleh, speaking to reporters after forces loyal to him fired at protesters demanding he face trial for killing demonstrators over 11 months of protests, said he had no designs on staying in power.
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said on Saturday he would go to the United States in order to allow an interim...

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28 Nov 2011

Yemen’s President Orders Amnesty Despite Ceded Power

Ignoring calls by his opponents to stop announcing decisions that affect the country, President Ali Abdullah Saleh declared a general amnesty on Sunday for people who had committed "follies" during the uprising and political crisis that began in Yemen 10 months ago.
Ignoring calls by his opponents to stop announcing decisions that affect the country, President Ali Abdullah Saleh...

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27 Nov 2011

Yemen’s President Saleh offers ‘amnesty’ to opponents

Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh has declared an amnesty for all those who "committed errors during the crisis", state media say. Opposition leaders said Mr Saleh had no authority to issue a pardon because he signed a deal last week transferring his powers to the vice-president.
Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh has declared an amnesty for all those who "committed errors during the crisis",...

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25 Nov 2011

Will Ali Abdullah Saleh step down this time?

Ali Abdullah Saleh, the Yemeni president, has made a surprise visit to the Saudi capital to sign a long-awaited power transfer deal. It was brokered by the six-member Gulf Co-operation Council. But Saleh has backed out of stepping down three times before.
Ali Abdullah Saleh, the Yemeni president, has made a surprise visit to the Saudi capital to sign a long-awaited power...

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24 Nov 2011

5 Protesters Die In New Violence in Yemen

Protesters fought with adversaries anew on Thursday and five people were reported killed, despite an agreement signed a day earlier by President Ali Abdullah Saleh, immediately transferring power to his vice president and raising hopes for an end to a political crisis that brought this impoverished nation to the brink of collapse.
Protesters fought with adversaries anew on Thursday and five people were reported killed, despite an agreement signed a...

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19 Sep 2011

Dozens of protesters shot dead in Yemen

Troops loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh, the Yemeni president, have opened fire on protesters in the capital, Sanaa, killing at least 26 people and injuring hundreds. Tens of thousands of protestors calling for an end to president Saleh's 33-year rule took to the streets of the capital a day after protesters stormed Yemen's main university
Troops loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh, the Yemeni president, have opened fire on protesters in the capital, Sanaa, killing...

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30 Jul 2011

Thousands protest in Yemen amidst tensions

Tens of thousands of opponents and supporters of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, convalescing in Saudi Arabia, have held rival rallies in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa. Friday's anti-regime protests also took place in several provinces, including Yemen's second largest city of Taez, in Ibb, Shabwa, Saada and Marib, witnesses said.
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8 Jul 2011

Yemen president Saleh appears on TV

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, his face burned and his hands covered with bandages, has appeared on television for the first time since he was wounded in a bomb attack on his palace in Sanaa.
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, his face burned and his hands covered with bandages, has appeared on television for...

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2 Jul 2011

Ali Abdullah Saleh Unlikely to Return Soon, Says Official

A senior Yemeni official who was briefed on the health of President Ali Abdullah Saleh said that the president s injuries will leave him unfit to perform his duties for months, throwing a new degree of uncertainty into a political standoff that has trapped this impoverished desert nation.
A senior Yemeni official who was briefed on the health of President Ali Abdullah Saleh said that the president s...

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21 Jun 2011

Despite Protests, Yemen’s Leader Has His Fervent Followers

Out of the ancient, ornate mud brick buildings and across the narrow alleyways where barefoot children play, a chant emerges frequently in the old walled city here in the capital. Seemingly at random, someone will raise his voice to announce: 'The people want Ali Abdullah Saleh!'
Out of the ancient, ornate mud brick buildings and across the narrow alleyways where barefoot children play, a chant...

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7 Jun 2011

Yemeni Leader Was Severely Burned in Attack

President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen suffered injuries far more extensive than previously known in an attack on his presidential palace last week, with burns over 40 percent of his body, Yemeni officials and Western diplomats said Tuesday.
President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen suffered injuries far more extensive than previously known in an attack on his...

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4 Jun 2011

Yemeni President Saleh hurt by ‘shrapnel’ in attack

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has suffered shrapnel wounds and burns in Friday's attack on his Sanaa compound. Sources have told the BBC that Mr Saleh had a piece of shrapnel below his heart and second-degree chest and face burns. This has not been officially confirmed.
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has suffered shrapnel wounds and burns in Friday's attack on his Sanaa compound....

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4 Jun 2011

Yemen president speaks after attack

Ali Abdullah Saleh, the Yemeni president, says he is "well and in good health" after suffering injuries in an attack on his presidential palace in the capital, Sanaa. In an audio address delivered on state television late on Friday night, Saleh said the strike, where "seven officers were martyred", was by an "outlaw gang" - the opposition Hashed tribe led by powerful Sadiq al-Ahmar.
Ali Abdullah Saleh, the Yemeni president, says he is "well and in good health" after suffering injuries in an attack on...

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25 May 2011

Saleh ‘won’t be dragged into civil war’

Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh says that he will not be dragged into a civil war, despite clashes between government forces and fighters loyal to the leader of a powerful tribal group who has sided with protesters seeking to oust him from power.
Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh says that he will not be dragged into a civil war, despite clashes between...

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22 May 2011

Opposition signs Yemen transition deal

Yemen's opposition has signed a deal brokered by the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) to end the country's political crisis by easing Ali Abdullah Saleh, the president, out of power after months of unrest. The deal, signed by the opposition in the capital, Sanaa, on Saturday, commits Saleh to leaving office within 30 days in return for immunity from prosecution.
Yemen's opposition has signed a deal brokered by the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) to end the country's political...

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15 Apr 2011

Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh defiant in Sanaa

Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh has addressed large crowds in the capital, Sanaa, denouncing protesters and vowing to stay in office. Mr Saleh, who has faced more than two months of protests, said the crowds gave him legitimacy.
Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh has addressed large crowds in the capital, Sanaa, denouncing protesters and vowing...

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11 Apr 2011

Yemen’s Saleh ‘welcomes’ Gulf proposal

Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen's embattled president, has welcomed "efforts" by members of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) to end his country's political crisis, according to a statement from his office. A GCC statement on Sunday, talked of "the formation of a national unity government under the leadership of the opposition which has the right to form committees ... to draw up a constitution and hold elections".
Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen's embattled president, has welcomed "efforts" by members of the Gulf Co-operation Council...
5 Apr 2011

Yemeni leader Saleh determined to set the terms of his exit

When Yemeni security forces opened fire Monday on anti-government demonstrators in two cities, killing at least 12 and wounding scores, President Ali Abdullah Saleh was miles away, seemingly determined to stretch his 32-year-old rule. In front of hundreds of cheering supporters in the south-central city of Dhamar, he declared: 'I will never betray the trust you gave me.'
When Yemeni security forces opened fire Monday on anti-government demonstrators in two cities, killing at least 12 and...

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28 Mar 2011

Yemen transition talks stalled

Talks aimed at ending the political standoff in Yemen between Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen's president, and the opposition have stalled, according to opposition officials. But in a sign that there was not a complete stalemate, the ruling party's governing committee on Sunday recommended forming a new government to draft a new constitution on the basis of a parliamentary system.
Talks aimed at ending the political standoff in Yemen between Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen's president, and the opposition...

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25 Mar 2011

Yemen’s Leader Offers to Hand Power to ‘Safe Hands’

As demonstrators for and against President Ali Abdullah Saleh mustered for a new round of competing rallies, the Yemeni leader on Friday said he was ready to yield power but only if he could hand it over to what he termed 'safe hands.'
As demonstrators for and against President Ali Abdullah Saleh mustered for a new round of competing rallies, the Yemeni...

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22 Mar 2011

Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh warns of coup

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has said there could be a civil war in Yemen because of attempts to stage what he called a coup against his rule. "Those who want to climb up to power through coups should know that this is out of the question. The homeland will not be stable, there will be a civil war, a bloody war," he said.
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has said there could be a civil war in Yemen because of attempts to stage what he...

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22 Mar 2011

Yemeni Leader Offers to Leave Office Earlier

President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen, increasingly isolated amid defections and resignations, clung to power on Tuesday, at one point indicating he would accept an opposition deal for his early departure - proposed weeks ago - to head off the deepening crisis in the country.
President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen, increasingly isolated amid defections and resignations, clung to power on...

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20 Mar 2011

Yemen’s President Said to Have Fired Cabinet

Yemen's president Ali Abdullah Saleh was reported to have fired his cabinet on Sunday, as protests demanding Mr. Saleh's ouster intensified and Yemen s ambassador to the United Nations joined the growing list of officials who have quit their posts in a sign of widening alarm at the government's response to the demonstrations.
Yemen's president Ali Abdullah Saleh was reported to have fired his cabinet on Sunday, as protests demanding Mr. Saleh's...

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20 Mar 2011

Yemeni president fires government

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has fired his cabinet amid continuing protests against his rule. The announcement came after tens of thousands of people turned out at funerals for dozens of protesters shot dead on Friday.
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has fired his cabinet amid continuing protests against his rule. The announcement...

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11 Mar 2011

Yemen’s Leader Proposes Shifting Some Powers

President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Thursday proposed giving more power to Parliament in an attempt to quell growing challenges to his 32-year-old rule, but a leader of the antigovernment protesters staging a sit-in here quickly rejected the offer.
President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Thursday proposed giving more power to Parliament in an attempt to quell growing...

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27 Feb 2011

Tribal Leader’s Resignation Is Blow to Yemeni President

A leading tribal figure in Yemen announced his resignation from the ruling party on Saturday, signaling a major blow to the embattled leadership of President Ali Abdullah Saleh as demonstrations calling for his resignation continue across the country.
A leading tribal figure in Yemen announced his resignation from the ruling party on Saturday, signaling a major blow to...

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22 Feb 2011

Yemeni Leader Rejects Demands

President Ali Abdullah Saleh, looking shaken at a news conference here on Monday, said he would not give in to the demands of protesters who have sought his ouster during 10 days of sustained demonstrations around Yemen.
President Ali Abdullah Saleh, looking shaken at a news conference here on Monday, said he would not give in to the...

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