Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Thousands Demand Transitional Council In Yemen

Thousands of protesters demand Yemeni VP to form post-Saleh transitional council

SANAA, June 8 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of protesters gathered in front of the residence of Yemeni Vice President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi on Wednesday, demanding the acting president to form a transitional council to create a new government, according to a Xinhua correspondent.

Similar marches also reportedly took place in other major provinces.

"People want to form a transitional council," around 5,000 protesters in Sanaa chanted, calling for the acting president to form a post-Saleh presidential council and create a new government, to avoid "remnants of Saleh's regime to control the country in post-Saleh era."

The protesters also called for a "million-man march," demanding wounded President Ali Abdullah Saleh to stay in Saudi Arabia, where he was receiving medical treatment for injuries due to a rocket attack on his presidential palace on Friday.

Yemeni officials said Saleh would be back within days.

The protesters, accompanied by soldiers from the defected first Armored Division, reiterated their refusal to a power-transition initiative proposed earlier by the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which granted Saleh and his aides immunity from prosecution.

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