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Yemeni president restructures army, eliminates Saleh cronies

Source : Agencies | 20 Dec 2012

Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi announced on Wednesday the restructuring of the army and defense ministry, purging them of relatives and cronies of former head of state Ali Abdullah Saleh, AFP reported state television as saying.

Hadi took a series of decisions, including one scrapping the elite Republican Guard which was under the command of Saleh’s oldest son Ahmed, the state broadcaster said.

Nearly half of Yemenis going hungry: WFP

Source : Agencies | 02 Oct 2012

Nearly half of Yemenis go to bed hungry every night as political instability compounds a global food and fuel price surge, giving the country the world’s third-highest rate of child malnutrition, the World Food Program said yesterday.

Forced to import most of its food needs because of a paucity of arable land, Yemen has also suffered from a rise in global food and fuel prices, WFP spokesman Barry Came told Reuters.

“Five million people, or 22 percent of the population, can’t feed themselves or buy enough to feed themselves ...

US Policy in Yemen Short-Sighted and Dangerous, say Experts

By Carey L. Biron | IPS | Washington | 27 Jun 2012

As President Barack Obama’s administration becomes further enmeshed in what many are calling an undeclared war in Yemen, observers here are urging the government to broaden its policy approach to the country beyond counterterrorism.

Blowback: In Yemen, US Drone Attacks Backfiring

By : | The Washington Post | Aden | 31 May 2012

Across the vast, rugged terrain of southern Yemen, an escalating campaign of U.S. drone strikes is stirring increasing sympathy for al-Qaeda-linked militants and driving tribesmen to join a network linked to terrorist plots against the United States.

US tells G8 Syria’s Assad must go, cites Yemen as model

Source : Arab News | Camp David | 21 May 2012

President Barack Obama told G8 leaders meeting at Camp David that Syrian President Bashar Assad must leave power, and pointed to Yemen as a model of how political transition could work there, the White House said on Saturday.

Ben Rhodes, an Obama deputy national security adviser, said the recent focus on securing access for UN monitors and keeping track of cease-fires had distracted from the fundamental problems in Syria, where Assad, whose father ruled the country before him, has been attacking protesters for 14 months.

International help for Yemen sought

By Arab News | Riyadh | 22 Mar 2012

A top GCC official urged the international community to shoulder the responsibility of helping the impoverished state of Yemen in its efforts to restore political and economic stability and improve the deteriorating humanitarian situation there.

Abdul Aziz Al-Owaishiq, assistance secretary-general for strategic dialogue and negotiation affairs at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), noted Yemen has embarked on a difficult track of restoring normalcy after holding recent presidential elections.

Yemenis: Ousted leader undermining fight against Al-Qaeda

By Ahmed Al-Haj | AP | Sanaa | 15 Mar 2012

It was a stunning attack by Al-Qaeda in a country that is one of the world’s hottest fronts against the terror group. Militants rampaged through an army camp in southern Yemen before dawn, catching soldiers asleep and killing more than 180. Amid the turmoil, the defense minister ordered helicopters to evacuate the wounded.

The air force commander, Mohammed Saleh Al-Ahmar, refused, according to a senior official at the main air force base in Sanaa.

Thousands protest against Yemen president immunity

Source : AFP | Sanaa | 22 Jan 2012

Yemen’s parliament has adopted a law giving Saleh "complete" immunity from prosecution in return for stepping down under a Gulf-brokered transition deal.

"It is our duty... to execute the butcher," chanted angry protesters gathered in Sanaa’s Change Square, the epicentre of the democracy movement that has been calling for Saleh’s ouster since January last year.

Yemen’s parliament on Saturday adopted a law giving Saleh "complete" immunity from prosecution in return for stepping down under a Gulf-brokered transition deal.

Saleh has reneged on promises: Clinton

By Ahmed Al-Haj | AP | Sanaa | 18 Jan 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the US regrets that Yemen’s president has not complied with agreements to leave the country and allow elections for a successor.

Her Tuesday comments came as Yemen’s foreign minister suggested next month’s presidential vote could be delayed because of security concerns.

Saleh vows to leave, troops kill 9 protesters

By Mohammed Ghobari | Reuters | Sanaa | 25 Dec 2011

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said on Saturday he would leave for the United States and give way to a successor, hours after his forces killed nine people demanding he be tried for killings over nearly a year of protests aimed at his ouster.

But Saleh, who agreed to step down last month under a deal cut by his wealthier neighbors who fear civil war in Yemen will affect them, did not say when he would depart and vowed to play a political role again, this time opposed to a new government.

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