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Anti-election riot erupts in southern Yemen before presidential polls, dozens injured (3)


08:59, February 21, 2012

Yemeni people participate in a rally, demanding all the Yemeni people to participate in the upcoming presidential elections, in Sanaa, Feb. 20, 2012. Yemen's one-candidate presidential election campaign, as part of a UN-backed power transfer deal to ease the 33-year ruler, President Ali Abdullah Saleh, out of office, is scheduled on Feb. 21. (Xinhua/Mohammed)

Leaders of the Southern Movement said that they would boycott the early presidential election by preventing voters from casting their ballots.

The northern and southern parts of Yemen were unified in 1990 according to a deal between Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh's ruling General People's Congress party and the Yemeni Socialist Party. However, the deal fell apart, leading to a crisis between the two sides, which developed into a civil war in 1994.

Separatists who want to end the north-south union deal are demanding independence, saying the northerners discriminate against the southerners.

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