Middle-east Arab News Opinion | Asharq Al-awsat

Yemen releases 12 leading opposition members - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive
Select Page

SAN’A, Yemen (AP) – A Yemeni security official says authorities have released 12 opposition members who led protests in April in which they accused the government of neglecting the country’s south.

Yemen’s north and south fought a civil war 14 years ago. The protesters were angry that the government has not given jobless soldiers from the defeated south new jobs in the country’s military. Six people were killed in the rioting.

President Ali Abduallh Saleh’s order to free the opposition leaders is an apparent attempt to ease tension before parliamentary elections in April. The security official says nine other opposition members are expected to be released soon. He spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press.

Asharq Al-Awsat

Asharq Al-Awsat

Asharq Al-Awsat is the world’s premier pan-Arab daily newspaper, printed simultaneously each day on four continents in 14 cities. Launched in London in 1978, Asharq Al-Awsat has established itself as the decisive publication on pan-Arab and international affairs, offering its readers in-depth analysis and exclusive editorials, as well as the most comprehensive coverage of the entire Arab world.

More Posts

Follow Me:
FacebookGoogle PlusYouTube