Thursday, March 1, 2012

Yemeni soldiers want corrupted military chiefs out

Yemeni air force soldiers demand the ouster of corrupted military chiefs during a protest rally in Sana’a, March 1, 2012.

Source: Press TV

Yemeni soldiers have staged protests in the capital, Sana’a, demanding the departure of the country’s military chiefs whom they accuse of corruption, Press TV reports.

The soldiers took to the streets of Sana’a on Thursday to call for the ouster of Brigadier General Hussein Khairan and Air Force Commander Mohammed Saleh al-Ahmar-- a half brother of former dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Meanwhile, people held demonstrations in the southern cities of Taizz and al-Bayda, demanding the immediate restructuring of the army and the ouster of Saleh's relatives from power.

The protesters also chanted slogans against the United States and Saudi Arabia and blamed them for keeping the former regime remnants in power.

Washington and Riyadh pushed for a deal that transferred power from Ali Abdullah Saleh to his deputy, Abdrabbuh Mansur al-Hadi, in a US and Saudi-backed single-candidate election.

The deal also granted immunity from prosecution to Saleh and his close affiliates.

Yemeni people have been calling for the prosecution of the former ruler and his aides over the killing of protesters in a deadly crackdown against popular anti-regime protests that erupted in early 2011.

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