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Yemeni protesters increase pressure on government

Wednesday, June 08, 2011 - 01:15

June 8 - Protesters expand their camp in the Yemeni capital bringing it closer to the acting leader's residence. Simon Hanna reports.

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Yemeni protesters extend their protest camp, bringing the demonstration closer to the vice president's residence. Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi is now the acting president, following Ali Abdullah Saleh's departure to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment. Protesters are now trying to pressure Hadi to take steps towards forming a new inclusive government. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) FEMALE PROTESTER HADEEL AL-YAMANI: "We are here for a sit-in protest. God willing there will be mass gathering so we can head to Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to demand the formation of a transitional council as soon as possible." For the past five months, demonstrators in Yemen have been calling for Saleh to step down. They are now calling for a 'million-man march' to pressure him to stay in Saudi Arabia, were he is being treated for injuries he received in a mortar attack on his palace on Friday. Saudi officials say it is up to Saleh whether he returns or not, but they and their Western allies may want to revive a deal under which the Yemeni leader would quit in return for immunity from prosecution. Simon Hanna, Reuters.

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Yemeni protesters increase pressure on government

Wednesday, June 08, 2011 - 01:15