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17:47 | 2012-04-09


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Report: Abdullah Saleh Still Leading Yemeni Security Forces

TEHRAN (FNA)- Reports from Yemen revealed that Ali Abdullah Saleh, the country's ousted dictator, is still leading the Arab state's security forces.

Yemen's revolution leaders told FNA on Monday that after almost a year-long revolution which led to the ouster of the Saudi-backed dictator, Saleh is still guiding security forces in the country through his allies.

The Yemeni leaders, who asked to remain unnamed due to the sensitivity of the issue, warned that there is no hope of reforms in the country's security bodies as long as they are led by the ousted tyrant.

Meantime, reports from the Muslim country said that different Yemeni cities are still the scene of popular protests and rallies demanding a trial of Saleh and his allies, some of whom still hold governmental posts.

Yemen has witnessed a popular uprising against the Saudi-backed regime of Ali Abdullah Saleh since January 2011.

Anti-regime demonstrators hold Saleh responsible for the killing of hundreds of protesters during the uprising. The Yemeni people urge that Saleh and his allies should stand trial for their massive crimes and massacre of the people.

Yemen's new president Mansour Hadi took the oath of office before the country's parliament two months ago. He replaced Saleh, who ruled the country for 33 years before leaving office in a power transfer deal after over a year of political turmoil.

Mansour Hadi, who was Saleh's vice-president, was formally inaugurated following a single-candidate presidential election. The election was arranged as part of a US and Persian Gulf Cooperation Council-backed power transfer deal signed in November.

But, people continue protests across the country, saying that they want Saleh and his allies and companions to stand on trial. They also protest that part of the cabinet is still formed of Saleh ministers and affiliates who should be tried instead of being given a post in the cabinet.