Yemen’s new unity government had its first meeting on Saturday, following a power transfer brokered by its gulf neighbours.
It is now tasked with averting civil war. However the occasion was overshadowed by fighting.
In an overnight battle in the capital Sanaa between supporters and opponents of outgoing president Ali Abdullah Saleh a soldier died.
There were also clashes in the southern province of Abyan, where 11 militants and two soldiers were also killed.
Thousands of youth protesters gathered in Sanaa to reject the new government. They object to some of those within it, saying they have blood on their hands, and as part of the old guard circumvent the youth revolution.