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Yemenis Back Transitional Council

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TEHRAN, July 22 (ICANA) – Tens of thousands of Yemenis have taken to the streets across the country to express support for the newly established transitional council.
Friday, July 22, 2011 10:42:52 PM
Yemenis Back Transitional Council

Mass rallies in support of the 17-member council of opposition figures were held in the cities of Taizz, Ibb, Sa'ada and several other cities following the Friday Prayers.

Demonstrators also called for the formation of a civilian government and denounced what they called the US and Saudi domination of their country's internal affairs.

Protesters also demanded the prosecution of Saleh and his regime officials over the killing of hundreds of anti-government protesters since opposition rallies began in the country in late January.

Yemeni anti-government youth groups set up the transitional council on Saturday to manage the country's affairs and to lead efforts to try and force country's long-time ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh from power before his possible return from Saudi Arabia.

According to the Youth Revolution Council, one of Yemen's largest youth organizations, the council would include former Yemeni president Ali Nasser Mohammed, former defense minister General Abdullah Ali Aleiwa and leaders of several opposition groups, including those in exile.

According to Tawakul Karman, a member of the transitional council, the council has three priorities including the abolishment of Saleh's regime, leading the country during a transition period, and the prosecution of Ali Abdullah Saleh, his son, and his regime.

Since Saleh left the country for Saudi Arabia for medical treatment in early June following an attack on his presidential palace, Yemenis are holding almost daily anti-government protests across the country, demanding his resignation.

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