Yemeni ruling party's defected members form new bloc to support protests

13:30, April 19, 2011      

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Officials who defected from Yemeni ruling party formed a new party named Justice and Development Bloc and held a press conference on Monday in the capital Sanaa to announce their pledge to join young protesters.

Mohamed Abdulelah al-Kadi, one of the 11 founders of the new party, told Xinhua that "On March 5, the Justice and Development Bloc was established by 11 parliamentary members who defected from the ruling party due to the political crisis and the violence used by the ruling party against the anti-government protesters."

"We also announced our support to the revolution of the youth- led street protesters across the country, which demanded an immediate end to the 33-year rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, " said al-Kadi.

"A large number of the defected officials, including the former ministers of human rights, transport and tourism, also joined the bloc," he added.

Yemen has witnessed since mid February political crisis ignited by opposition-backed street protests, which undermined the security and stability of the country.

Dozens of Yemeni government officials, diplomats, ruling party members, and army and security officers have defected from the government and joined the protesters, especially after the shootings on March 18 that left 52 protesters killed in a square near Sanaa University in the capital.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
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