the army is cracking apart in Yemen, political defects galore

21.03.2011 § 1 Comment

60 per cent of the Yemeni army is allied with the protesters, politicians are joining. How much does this represent  a grab for power by a different political alliance? JURY’S OUT.

The Nothing says: Check out this LINK. excerpts below.

Several top Yemeni army commanders have declared their support for anti-government protesters seeking the resignation of the country’s president, Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Major General Ali Mohsen Saleh, the head of the north western military zone and the head of the first armoured division, said on Monday that he had deployed army units to protect the protesters…

several other commanders, among them Brigadier Hameed Al Koshebi, head of brigade 310 in Omran area, Brigadier Mohammed Ali Mohsen, head of the eastern division, Brigadier Nasser Eljahori, head of brigade 121, and General Ali Abdullaha Aliewa, adviser of the Yemeni supreme leader of the army, rallied behind Major General Saleh and defected…

Several ministers resigned from the government after Friday’s violence. Abdullah Alsaidi, Yemen’s ambassador to the United Nations, also quit in protest over the killings.

Huda al-Baan, Yemen’s human rights minister, said she had resigned from the government and the ruling party in protest over the sniper attack on demonstrators…

Earlier on Monday, the Yemeni ambassadors to Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Kuwait, Egypt and China resigned from their posts. Some of the also resigned from Saleh’s ruling party.

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