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Protests continue in North Africa and Middle East

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Protests continue in North Africa and Middle East


Friday prayers turned into Friday protests in several countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

In Yemen, tens of thousands of demonstrators once more took to the streets to press calls for the president to step down. The people want an end to Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 32-year rule.

Their message is clear. Saleh has promised to go after elections in 2013 but the demonstrators want him out now.

The protests in Yemen were inspired by the earlier uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.

One month on, in Cairo, people are still on the streets, demanding that ministers appointed by ousted President Hosni Mubarak step down. Their solidarity for other uprisings across the region is clear.

There has also been another day of protests in Bahrain. Two separate marches converged at the Pearl Roundabout, joined this time by many women.

Bahrain’s Sunni rulers have offered to hold talks with Shi’ite opposition groups to try and smooth over the antagonism. But the opposition appears split over its aims and has been slow to reply.

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