March 22, 2011 / 10:49 AM / 6 years ago

Yemen president warns of "coup", civil war

SANAA, March 22 (Reuters) - Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh told army commanders on Tuesday there could be civil war in the Arabian Peninsula state because of efforts to stage what he called "coup" against his rule.

"Those who want to climb up to power through coups should know that this is out of the question. The homeland will not be stable, there will be a civil war, a bloody war. They should carefully consider this," he said in a speech before commanders.

Senior army commanders said on Monday they had switched support to pro-democracy activists who have been protesting for weeks, demanding that the veteran ruler stand down.

Reporting by Mohamed Sudam

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