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Thousands reject Yemen's new leaders

Friday, December 09, 2011 - 01:36

Dec 9 - Thousands of protesters rally in Sanaa to reject Yemen's newly formed government. Michaela Cabrera reports.

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Thousands of protesters gathered in Yemen's capital Sanaa, to reject the newly formed government. A unity government is due to be sworn in, as part of a plan to end months of protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has agreed to step down. But these protesters say they refuse to have a repeat of the old regime, and they don't want old faces. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) PROTESTER MOHAMED AL-SAIDI SAYING: "We want the next government, the government of national reconciliation, to reflect the wishes of the many young people, and we object to some of the names received, because their hands are stained with the blood of young people." In the Arhab district north of Sanaa, tensions are still high between soldiers and tribesmen. The tribal fighters have accused the elite Republican Guards - led by Saleh's son - of bombarding their villages with artillery, destroying their homes and killing civilians. Heavy fighting has devastated the village. This man says they are running out of water, because the wells have been destroyed. The transfer of power in Yemen began last month, after 10 months of protests against Saleh, who ruled the country for three decades. Michaela Cabrera, Reuters

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Thousands reject Yemen's new leaders

Friday, December 09, 2011 - 01:36