Yemenis keep up pressure

SANAA, Yemen – Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis poured into the streets across the country on Friday, keeping the pressure on the nation’s embattled president to step down.

The mass demonstrations in the capital, Sanaa, and at least 17 other cities and towns, including Taiz and Ibb, were the largest since President Ali Abdullah Saleh left a hospital in Saudi Arabia, where he was recovering from wounds suffered in a June attack on his palace compound, and signaled he intends to return home soon. Yemen is reeling from nearly six months of protests.

Yemen’s opposition parties and the country’s most powerful tribal confederation have endorsed a U.S.-backed power-transfer deal that would give Saleh immunity from prosecution if he steps down.


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