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New protests erupt in Yemen

Dozens of activists calling for the ouster of Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen's president, have clashed with government supporters in Sanaa, the country's capital.

Plainclothes police also attacked the demonstrators, who marched to the Egyptian embassy in Sanaa on Saturday chanting "Ali, leave leave" and "Tunisia left, Egypt after it and Yemen in the coming future".

The chants were referring to the ouster of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia early this month and to continuing demonstrations against Hosni Mubarak, the president of Egypt.

No casualties have been reported in the Yemen clashes.

Tawakel Karman, a female activist who has led several protests in Sanaa during the past week, said that a member of the security forces in civilian clothes tried to attack her with a dagger and a shoe but was stopped by other protesters.

"We will continue until the fall of Ali Abdullah Saleh's regime," said Karman, who was granted parole on Monday after being held over her role in earlier protests calling for political change in Yemen.

"We have the Southern Movement in the south, the (Shia) Huthi rebels in the north, and parliamentary opposition," all of which are calling for political change, Karman said.

Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the Arab world, faces a growing al-Qaeda threat, a separatist movement in the south and a sporadic rebellion by Zaidi Shia rebels in the north.

'Day of rage'

"But what's most important now is the jasmine revolution," Karman said, who is also a senior member of the opposition Islamist Al-Islah (Reform) party and heads a rights group, Women Journalists Without Chains.

Karman also called for Thursday, February 3 to be a "Day of rage" throughout Yemen.

Protests have been taking place on a nearly daily basis in Sanaa since mid-January calling for an end to Saleh's rule which began in 1978. Saleh was re-elected in September 2006 for a seven-year mandate.

A draft amendment of the constitution, under discussion in parliament despite opposition protests, could allow him - if passed - to remain in office for life.

Saleh had urged the opposition which rejected the amendment, to take part in April 27 parliamentary elections to avoid "political suicide."

The mandate of the current parliament was extended by two years to April under a February 2009 agreement between the ruling General People's Congress and opposition parties to allow dialogue on political reform.

The reforms on the table included a shift from a presidential regime to a proportional representation parliamentary system and further decentralisation of government - measures that have not been implemented.

Yemenis have all the reasons to hate this guy, in power since 1978, he brought them nothing positive and was even considering to be nominated "President for life" before these new protests (the biggest since 1978)!

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go to jeddah scumbag! join the "retired dictator's social club".

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Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh says he'll leave office before 2013 elections

Before a day of planned protests, Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh says he won't serve out his term and his son won't be his successor. Critics note that he has reneged on a similar promise.

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh pledged Wednesday to step down from office before 2013 elections and to remove his son as his likely successor, an apparent concession to opposition groups before a day of planned protests in the capital, Sana.

Saleh announced that he would "freeze" proposed constitutional amendments that were to make him Yemen's president for life and would also postpone April parliamentary elections widely dismissed as rigged in the government's favor.

No to hereditary rule and no to life presidency," the 64-year-old president told parliament, according to the official Saba news agency.
"Regardless of the circumstances, I will make concessions one after the other for the sake of this nation," he said in the 17-minute address. "The interests of the homeland are above our interests as individuals, parties, groups and commissions. It is a shame for us to destroy what we built."

Analysts said the concessions would fail to satisfy a boisterous opposition movement inspired by anti-government uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. Critics note that Saleh made a similar statement in 2005 about not running for reelection the following year, only to go back on his word after supporters staged demonstrations urging him to run again.

"The opposition doesn't really believe in what he says," said Shatha Harazi, a political reporter at Sana's independent English-language Yemen Times. "He didn't speak about canceling the amendments.... He's trying to calm the anger. Once the opposition calms down, he will again discuss the elections and the amendments."

The toppling of Tunisia's longtime leader Zine el Abidine ben Ali on Jan. 14 after weeks of protests and the Egyptian uprising that erupted 11 days later have inspired calls for change from North Africa to the Persian Gulf.

Protests against rising food prices and government repression have broken out daily in Sudan, with more demonstrations reportedly planned for Thursday. An activist told The Times that the opposition in the small Persian Gulf island nation of Bahrain was planning a Feb. 14 "day of rage" against the ruling royal family. And activists have called for anti-government protests in Syria on Saturday.

Algeria and Libya have canceled soccer matches in apparent fear that huge crowds of young men watching games could turn into anti-government rallies. On Tuesday, Jordan's King Abdullah II sacked his Cabinet in response to opposition protests against escalating prices and a lack of political freedom.

Yemen's Saleh, who has served as president of the Arab world's poorest nation since 1978, is among the most vulnerable Arab leaders.

His rule has been characterized by allegations of corruption, incompetence and nepotism. Yemen has one of the highest birthrates in the world and faces a critical water shortage. A secessionist movement has erupted in the south, an insurgency rages in the north, and Al Qaeda militants have taken root in the countryside.

Yemenis also complain of stagnant wages and high food prices. A wide coalition of relatively well-organized opposition groups that includes Islamists, trade unions and leftists has called for a "day of rage" Thursday against Saleh. On Tuesday, Saleh's government approved emergency financial handouts for 500,000 families and tuition exemptions for college students.

He has called for a "comprehensive national dialogue" with the opposition in an attempt to defuse rising anger against him.

But the opposition coalition has rejected the president's entreaties and urged supporters to participate in nationwide protests. "It's expected to be huge," said political reporter Harazi.

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Anti-regime protesters shout as they protest inside the grounds of the Sanaa University in the Yemeni capital on February 17, 2011, on the sixth day of consecutive protests against the regime of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

One killed, 50 injured and hundreds arrested.
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Authorities flooded the streets of Yemen's capital with 2,000 police Wednesday to try to put down days of Egypt-style demonstrations against the president of 32 years, a key U.S. ally in battling al-Qaeda.
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