17 Jun '11, 3pm

Yemen protests demand council replace President Saleh - Channel NewsAsia

Yemen protests demand council replace President Saleh - Channel NewsAsia

SANAA - Hundreds of thousands of anti-regime protesters demonstrated on Friday across Yemeni cities demanding the quick installation of an interim ruling council to replace wounded President Ali Abdullah Saleh. By contrast, a counter-demonstration by regime loyalists in Sanaa was poorly attended for the first time since they began late January, witnesses said. A Saudi official claimed on Friday that Saleh, who is hospitalised in Riyadh after being wounded in an explosion at his Sanaa compound early June, will not return to Yemen. The statement was promptly denied by Yemen's deputy information minister Abdo al-Janadi who said that Saleh "will return in the coming few days". Anti-Saleh demonstrators in Sanaa urged Saudi King Abdullah not to allow Saleh to return to Yemen. "Oh King Abdullah, keep Ali Abdullah (Saleh)," they chanted at University Square, now dubbed Change Squa...

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