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  • 12/10/2011

Yemeni women call for trial of Saleh

yemeni women protest, demanding the prosecution of ali abdullah saleh.

Yemeni women have poured onto streets in the port city of al-Hodeidah to call for the trial of Yemen’s ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh, Press TV reports.

Shouting anti-regime slogans on Friday, the demonstrators rejected the newly formed national unity government over the presence of Saleh’s associates.

They also supported anti-regime demonstrations held by the youth in the Yemeni capital Sana’a.

“Our revolution will continue until the total cleansing of Yemen,”‌ and “we want to build a new Yemen,”‌ the women said.

Meanwhile, thousands of Yemenis took to the streets in the capital and several other cities following the Friday prayers, condemning the opposition’ s power sharing with Saleh’s General Congress Party.

The protesters also demanded the ouster of Saleh loyalists from the new government.

They also rejected the US-backed Arab-brokered power transition deal under which the new government has been formed, saying that the agreement tramples upon the blood of the revolution’s martyrs and does not meet their demands.

The deal, which was signed in Saudi Arabia on November 23, grants Saleh immunity from prosecution in return for resignation and requires equal distribution of cabinet posts between Saleh’s governing General Congress Party and the opposition in the new government.

Yemen’s new government was created on Wednesday. The new 35-member cabinet will be headed by independent politician Muhammed Basindwa.

Even after a cabinet reshuffle, several Saleh-era ministers remained in their old posts, including the key portfolios of defense, foreign affairs and oil.

Hundreds of Yemenis have been killed and thousands more wounded in clashes between Saleh’s forces and revolutionaries since the start of the popular uprising in the impoverished Arab nation in late January.

Source: presstv.com

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