Monday Mar 26, 201210:31 PM GMT
Yemen's Hadi in Riyadh on first post-presidency trip abroad
Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi (L) meets with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah in Riyadh on March 26, 2012.
Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:17PM
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Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi has travelled to the Saudi Arabia on his first official foreign visit to meet with Saudi King Abdullah.


He held a meeting on Monday with the Saudi King to discuss bilateral and regional issues.

The UK-trained field marshal Hadi replaced his predecessor Ali Abdullah Saleh on February 25 following a single-candidate presidential election backed by the United States and Saudi Arabia.

He will serve for an interim two-year period as stipulated by a US-backed power transfer deal which granted Saleh and his closest allies immunity from prosecution for crimes they committed during the deadly crackdown on the revolution which erupted in early 2011.

Since the deposal of Saleh, who ruled Yemen for 33 years, Yemenis have been holding demonstrations demanding his prosecution for the deaths of thousands of protesters.

Demonstrators also demand the dismissal of his family members and officials from his inner circle who still hold high-level security and military posts.

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