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Vice president seeks approval in Yemen elections

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Vice president seeks approval in Yemen elections
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As people in Yemen go to the polls, it is hoped a high turnout will give uncontested vice president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi the legitimacy he needs to govern.

Neighbouring countries helped broker a deal that will see power transferred to Hadi after the election, ending President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 33 years at the top.

Undeterred by the bombing of a voting centre in the southern city of Aden the day before, people queued in the capital Sanaa to take part in the ballot.

One person extremely glad to be casting her vote is the country’s protest leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman.

“This is the day of holy happiness, this is the day of victory, now we are officially announcing the end of Ali Abdullah Saleh’s era, thanks to god he is gone. Today we are building the new Yemen, we are building the democratic and happy Yemen that all the youth and women have dreamed about,” said Karman.

The president remains in New York undergoing treatment for burns he suffered during an attack on a mosque near his palace last June.

Saleh agreed to hand over power to his deputy in November, but this hasn’t stopped tensions between the military, Saleh’s relatives and tribal leaders.

There also continues to be a rift between the north and south of the country, with southerners claiming they are being discriminated against.

Separatists are boycotting the election and demanding a split from the people in the north, who they fought against in 1994.