Deadly Clashes Erupt in Yemen Despite President Saleh’s Resignation

Yemen protest
Protest in Yemen on November 24, 2011. Photo by Reuters from The Star

Fierce clashes erupted in Yemen despite the resignation of president Ali Abdullah Saleh, leading to at least five deaths and tenths of wounded.

Saleh Calls It Quits
Earlier today in Ryadh, Saudi Arabia, Saleh and Yemeni opposition representatives signed a Gulf states-sponsored accord that ended the president’s 33 years of rule in exchange for a ceremonial position as Yemen’s head of state until the next elections and full immunity for events past.

This follows a popular uprising that started with peaceful protests and escalated into an armed conflict between the Yemeni army and influential tribes that demanded the ouster of the president.

Yemeni Civil War Looming?
Despite the signing of the accord, new deadly clashes resumed yesterday in Yemen’s capital Sanaa between the protesters and unidentified gunmen, who allegedly fled the scene in Yemeni security forces’ vehicles.

Wounded Yemeni protester
Wounded Yemeni protester on November 24, 2011. Photo from: Boston.com

Unsatisfied with the immunity granted to Saleh by the accord, demonstrators spilled on to the streets today across Yemen’s 15 provinces, demanding for the ex-president to be tried for his role in the brutal repression of popular protests earlier this year.

Fierce confrontations with government security forces and Saleh’s supporters ensued and are currently ongoing all across the country, leading some to believe that a new Yemeni civil war could be looming on the horizon.

No Easy Solution
There does not seem to be an easy solution to Yemen’s political crisis. Ex-president Saleh’s immunity is a major wedge point in Yemeni politics that only time could possibly solve.

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