Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a to demand the prosecution of ousted dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh and the members of his inner circle. "No immunity, no guarantee... Saleh and his aides must be brought to justice," the protesters who marched from the capital's university towards the city center chanted on Tuesday, AFP reported. They also shouted, "Whether or not he has signed, we will not forget."
Saleh formally stepped down and handed over power to Vice President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi in February 2012. The power transfer occurred under a Saudi-backed deal brokered by the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council in April 2011 and signed by Saleh in Riyadh on November 23, 2011.The new Yemeni president, who is a UK-trained field marshal, was sworn in on February 25, following a single-candidate presidential election on February 21, which was supported by the United States and Saudi Arabia. The growing rallies in Yemen prompted Hadi to remove a number of officials loyal to Saleh, including the heads of the national security agency and military intelligence, on September 11. Since January 2011, Yemenis have held numerous demonstrations across the country to call for political restructuring of the country and to demand the dismissal of members of Saleh’s regime from their government posts. MP/AS