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Officials with Yemen Ruling Party Resign

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TEHRAN, March 14 (ICANA) – Dozens of ruling party officials and lawmakers have resigned in Yemen to protest at Sana'a's excessive use of force against demonstrators.
Monday, March 14, 2011 10:22:15 AM
Officials with Yemen Ruling Party Resign

The defectors, including 20 parliamentarians and 45 members of the General People Congress party, joined the anti-government protesters on Saturday.

The anti-regime protesters have been rallying for the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh's regime since January.

Dozens of people have been killed and hundreds more injured since the beginning of the protests during government-ordered crackdown.

At least four demonstrators reportedly died in recent clashes with the security forces in the capital in the west and the southwestern seaport city of Aden.

The forces were said to have shot the protesters with live rounds and teargas canisters. Pro-government forces have also been reported to have attacked the protesters outside Sana'a University.

Seven Yemeni lawmakers resigned in February similarly objecting to the heavy-handed treatment.

The United Nations has condemned the aggression on the peaceful demonstrations and called on all sides to engage in dialogue.

Saleh has already been in office for 32 years with several opposition members arguing that his long-promised reforms have not taken place.

Despite the countrywide rallies, the head of state has said he would stay in power until the end of his term in 2013.

Some 40 percent of Yemen's population lives on USD 2 a day or less and a third is wrestling with chronic hunger.

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