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Yemen to kick off one-man presidential campaign

(Xinhua)

15:09, February 07, 2012

Photo taken on Feb. 6, 2012 shows a billboard set by Yemeni government to persuade citizens to vote in the upcoming presidential election scheduled on Feb. 21, in Sanaa, Yemen. 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 due to officially start on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Mohammed)

SANAA, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- 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 due to officially start on Tuesday, according to a statement posted on the Yemeni state media on Monday.

"Vice President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who is the only candidate in the Feb. 21 polls, will on Tuesday give his first television advertisement for his presidential election campaign during an official ceremony," the statement said.

It said the campaign would kick off under a slogan "Together, we will build new Yemen," as Hadi would introduce his platform in a speech to be aired by the state television.

The ceremony is expected to be witnessed by a high attendance, including leaders of the country's ruling and opposition parties who signed the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)-brokered deal, as well as foreign ambassadors to Yemen.

The 65-year-old vice president, who was promoted last month to the rank of Field Marshal in a republican decree issued by Saleh a few days before he travelled to the United States for medical treatment, is expected to run Yemen during a two-year interim period with a crucial mission to pull the country back from the brink of civil war through restructuring and uniting the rival armed forces and introducing constitutional reforms.

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