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Yemenis demand Saleh's prosecution

Tens of thousands of Yemenis have protested in the capital Sanaa, demanding the prosecution of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Chanting "The people want to prosecute the murderer", angry demonstrators gathered in front of the home of newly inaugurated President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

Mr Hadi was sworn in as president on Saturday as part of a power-transfer deal which gave Saleh immunity from prosecution in exchange for stepping down.

Hundreds of street protesters have been killed in crackdowns by the security forces and other violence during a year of political turmoil.

The protesters were angered by a farewell ceremony for Saleh on Saturday in which he pledged to support the new president.

Aides to Mr Saleh said the ousted leader plans to go into exile in Ethiopia.

They told The Associated Press today that the former president will leave Yemen within two days along with some of his family members.

A diplomat in Sanaa confirmed that arrangements had been made for Mr Saleh's arrival.


From Belfast Telegraph