YEMEN- Ali Abdullah Saleh loses power after 33 years of presidency, but Saleh’s sons and nephews still command key army units and security agencies.
Yemen, voted to endorse Saleh’s deputy as president, with a mission to rescue the nation from poverty, chaos and the brink of civil war. At stake is an economy left in shambles, where 42 percent live on less than $2 per day and runaway inflation is driving up food and fuel prices.
An official from the election security committee estimated a turnout of 80 percent, although final results will not be known for several days. Vice President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, the sole, consensus candidate, billed the vote as a way to move on after months of protests against Saleh’s rule.
The vote will make Saleh the fourth Arab autocrat in a year to be removed from power after revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.
“These are not real elections it is just formalizing the American-backed GCC initiative which aimed to control the Yemeni revolution.” said Dayfallah al-Shami, member of the Houthis’ leadership council. “