Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Yemeni president has accused the opposition of wanting a civil war

Sana'a. .- Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Tuesday accused opposition parties of trying to move the country toward civil war instigating chaos and threatening the stability and security. Saleh made the remarks in a speech to leaders of military academies in Sana'a. "They want to move the country toward civil war and we reject it because it is not for the sake of Yemen and the region," said Saleh.

The president insisted that "the good of Yemen is security and stability" and accused opposition parties of wanting to violate the Constitution and laws. Saleh considered that the demonstrations calling for his resignation "mimic" those that have occurred in Tunisia and Egypt, but stressed that Yemen's situation is different.

"We have a political and party pluralism, free press and respect for human rights to which citizens express their opinion at any time," he added. It also asked Army leaders to persist to the challenges facing the country. Since last January 27, Yemen has been the scene of sporadic demonstrations against Saleh's regime, which gained intensity from mid-February and now held daily.

Yemen is the poorest country in the Arabian Peninsula. In addition to this wave of protests, Saleh faces a secession movement in the south, a Shiite rebellion in the north and sporadic terrorist network Al Qaeda, which has settled in this country his base of operations for the region.

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