Monday, June 27, 2011

Yemenis: Saleh sons, aides out

Anti-government protesters march during a demonstration to demand the ouster of Yemen's Ali Abdullah Saleh in the southern city of Taizz June 26, 2011.

Source: Press TV

Anti-government protesters in Yemen have held rallies, urging the departure of Ali Abdullah Saleh's sons and aides from the country.

The protests were held across the country's cities, including in the capital Sana'a and cities of Ibb and Taizz, on Sunday, the Associated Press reported.

The demonstrators also repeated their call for the resignation of Saleh, who fled to Saudi Arabia for treatment after a June 3 rocket attack on the presidential palace.

In the form of a popular revolution, the rallies have been held in Yemen's major cities since late January, demanding Saleh's ouster besides calling for an end to corruption and unemployment.

The country has been facing months of political crisis triggered by Saleh's refusal to step down.

He is expected to make a media appearance within the next two days.

“Saleh's orphans have to leave the country,” demonstrators said, referring to Salah's sons Ahmed and Khaled.

Ahmed, who was widely suspected of inheriting presidency from his father, before the popular uprising started, heads Yemen's elite Presidential Guard. The force leads a brutal crackdown on the anti-regime protesters.

Khaled also enjoys sway over military units.

They both greatly contributed to the survival of the unpopular regime during Saleh's absence.

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