Monday, March 21, 2011

Yemeni general abandons president, calls for resignation

Aden – Protesters calling for the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh got a boost from one of the top military commanders in this nation.

General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar announced his support for the “peaceful revolution of the youth” on Al Jazeera television news today.

Tanks deployed across the streets of the capital at Sana'a after the general's announcement.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon deplored the use of live ammunition by security forces and said the government has an obligation to protect its citizens.

The president has fired the entire cabinet, according to reports.

The unrest comes in the wake of the killing of 52 people shot dead Friday by government troops while protesting for the immediate ouster of the president. Thousands upon thousands of people marched in funeral processions through the city streets.

Yemeni diplomats to the nation's UN mission resigned in protest over the weekend, including Abdullah Alsaidi, ambassador.

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