Entries in President Ali Abdallah Saleh (3)


Yemen Day of Rage

Photo Courtesy - GAMAL NOMAN/AFP/Getty Images(SANAA, Yemen) -- Thousands in the capitol of Yemen are demonstrating against what they call the corrupt and ineffective government of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

An estimated 20,000 protestors have taken to the streets of Sanaa in what the opposition is calling a day of rage.  They are demanding a change in government and say President Ali Abdullah Salah's offer Wednesday to leave office in 2013 is not good enough.  Some clearly want him to step down sooner while others support entering talks on political reform.  But these protestors are not the only ones on the streets.  Thousands of Salah's supporters have come out to march and defend the president. 

But, unlike in Cairo where violence has erupted between pro and anti-government demonstrators, in Yemen no clashes have broken out between the two groups.

President Salah has ruled Yemen for over 30 years, but announced he'll step down in two years and that he won't put his son in power to succeed him.  He made those political concessions after protestors, inspired by events first in Tunisia and then in Egypt, demanded government reform and called for his ouster.  Salah has come under fierce public criticism for failing to fix staggeringly high poverty and unemployment rates and for failing to democratize. 

One of out of three Yemenis faces chronic hunger, while unemployment tops 40 percent and another 40 percent of Yemenis live on less than two dollars a day.  

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Yemen President Out in 2013

Photo Courtesy - GAMAL NOMAN/AFP/Getty Images(SANAA, Yemen) -- There are more political ripple effects from the national uprising in Egypt. Jordan's king fired his government amid weeks of public protests on Tuesday and Wednesday, Yemen's president, who has ruled for over 30 years, called an emergency parliamentary meeting to announce his political future is coming to an end. 

Bowing to public protest, Ali Abdullah Saleh has announced he will step down in 2013 and not seek re-election.  Saleh also promised not to put his son in power to succeed him and called on the opposition to enter talks on political reforms.  Some opposition leaders are already rejecting Saleh's calls and questioning his sincerity to leave office. 

Opposition groups are planning to stage mass protests in the Yeminite capital Thursday in a so-called "day of rage" and Saleh's announcement hasn't changed that. 

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US, Yemen Stress Cooperation Against Al Qaeda

Courtesy - – President Obama Tuesday joined President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen in condemning al Qaeda's attempt to smuggle improvised explosive devices into printer cartridges that were sent to addresses in Chicago, according to a White House press release.

In a call between the two leaders, President Obama emphasized the need for Yemen to "help reinforce confidence in the cargo air shipment sector" by improving security with the help of the global community.

According to the release, President Saleh said he will fully cooperate with the United States as well as with ongoing investigations in the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.

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