Yemeni anti-regime protesters hold a demonstration in the capital, Sana’a, to demand the prosecution of former dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh. (File photo)
Sat Jun 9, 2012 5:44PM GMT
Yemeni protesters have once again held a demonstration in the southern city of Taizz to demand the restructuring of the army.
Demonstrators, who took to the streets on Saturday, also called for the trial of deposed dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh and his aides for ordering the killing of protesters during the revolution that began in January 2011.
Saleh formally stepped down and handed over power to his deputy Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi on February 27. The power transfer occurred under a Saudi-backed deal brokered by the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council in April 2011 and signed by Saleh in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on November 23, 2011.
The new Yemeni president, who is a UK-trained field marshal, was sworn in on February 25 following a single-candidate presidential election on February 21, which was supported by the United States and Saudi Arabia.
Over the past weeks, Yemenis have held numerous demonstrations across the nation to demand the dismissal of the members of Saleh’s regime from the government posts.