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Yemeni president rejects calls for resignation


Yemen’s president has said will not step down before the end of his presidential term, despite the protests raging throughout the country since January.

Ali Abdullah Saleh remained defiant at his press conference on Monday.

Meanwhile, hundreds of opposition supporters are camping out on the central square in the capital, Sanaa, and mass rallies are being held in several other cities.

President Ali Abdullah Saleh has rejected demands for his resignation – saying he will remain in power unless defeated in the 2013 election.

Speaking at the press conference, he said the opposition has failed to engage in constructive dialogue.

“You say - down with the regime! Leave! Who must leave? Let’s say - leave as the result of elections. We have no problems. Power for us is obligation and not a trophy,” he said.

The opposition in turn says the president and his party have refused to negotiate, while ordering repressive measures against demonstrators.

“Those who want dialogue must first of all stop using bullets against civilians. They also must stop financing bandits and sending them to fight against peaceful protestors. They must apologize to the Yemeni people for the damage they have caused. And now we are not going to talk about the February Agreement or the proportional representation system. The Yemeni people have stepped up their demands. The authorities must offer fundamental changes that the people need,” says one of opposition members.

Protestors are continuing their peaceful demonstrations in front of Sanaa University.

“Now it’s the people’s revolution. You won’t exploit it, nor will deputies or sheikhs. It’s our revolution – the revolution of the people,” says one of the protestors on the street.

The Houthis insurgent group has joined in the protests, demanding the end of the regime.

Demonstrations continue in the cities of Taiz and Aden, which have been drawing in protesters from other regions.


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