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Yemen's Saleh Fights to Cling to Power

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TEHRAN, March 29 (ICANA) – Following weeks of political turmoil and a deadlock in negotiations, the Yemeni government has lost control of a number of regions.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 9:58:17 AM
Yemen's Saleh Fights to Cling to Power

A series of blasts in an ammunition factory near the southern Yemeni town of Jaar has left at least 80 dead and more than 50 others wounded.

Before the explosions, the factory was first looted by 30 masked armed men, and later by the residents of the area.

Jaar and other regions in Yemen are now the targets of groups taking advantage of the country's deteriorating security following the eruption of anti-government protests spreading across the country. The protesters have demanded an end to President Ali Abdullah Saleh's 32 years rule.

Clashes between supporters of the government and protesters continue in different parts of the country. At least 13 protesters among them 2 women were injured in the latest clashes.

During a televised interview, President Saleh has depicted Yemen as a ticking bomb and said that there will be a long civil war if no constructive dialogue takes place.

The ruling People's General Congress Party has invited the opposition to participate in putting the president's initiative into practice.

Earlier President Saleh announced that he was going to step down by the end of this year and shift the power to a parliamentary system. However, this initiative and others have not satisfied the opposition and the protesters. They want him to go now.

As the political dialogue has reached a deadlock, protesters at Sana'a's change square continue their sit in, showing their growing determination in toppling the regime.

The latest violent incident raised death tolls to more than 100 people since the beginning of the uprising on February 13th.

The Situation in Yemen seems to be heading toward a dark tunnel. While several scenarios are predicted, the only scenario that most people want is the peaceful transition of power.

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