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Yemeni women demand Saleh exit

Monday, September 26, 2011 - 01:35

Sept 26 - Hundreds of women take to the streets of Sanaa to urge President Ali Abdullah Saleh to stand down after 33 years in power. Sunita Rappai reports.

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They came out in their hundreds - women, old and young - taking to the streets of Yemen's capital Sanaa to demand the removal of their president. Ali Abdullah Saleh's return to power after three months' convalescence in Saudi Arabia following an attempt on his life has been greeted with contempt by many protesters. While he has since called for elections and a "peaceful exchange of power", his failure to step down has only fuelled protesters' anger. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MEMBER OF OPPOSITION NATIONAL COUNCIL, SHAFIGA SAID "We are bored with this president, with his decisions, with his lies. Right now this is a people's revolution - it's a revolution of the youth, a peaceful revolution and it will remain peaceful until this president is gone completely." Some of the women raised posters of men killed in the unrest. Around 100 people have died in the fighting between heavily armed loyalists and protesters in the past week alone. Western and Gulf states have urged Saleh to quit and sign a Gulf-brokered power transition plan, but there is little evidence yet that he plans to do so. At least 450 people have been killed since protests began in January. Sunita Rappai, Reuters

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Yemeni women demand Saleh exit

Monday, September 26, 2011 - 01:35