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Thousands take to the streets in protest against Yemeni president

Well over 10,000 people took to the streets of Yemen yesterday to demand its pro-Western president gives up power.

Ali Abdullah Saleh's three decades at the helm of the Arabian peninsula's poorest country have become the latest focus of anger after the flight of Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali from Tunisia.

Mr Saleh, whose support in the fight against radical Islam is vital to London and Washington, has resisted demands for retirement.

Despite a pervasive police presence, up to 16,000 demonstrators moved from Sana'a's university to the centre of the capital. Banners demanded that the president abandon changes to the constitution that would grant Mr Saleh another 10 years in power. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent