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Yemen - Feb 11, 2012 - 02:48

Last modified: 10 Feb 2012 23:48

Tens of thousands of Yemenis rallied in cities across the country Friday calling for sweeping political changes as President Ali Abdullah Saleh approaches what appears to be the end of his 33-year rule.

In a shift indicating more support for the plan to usher him from power, many called on the vice-president to "save the country".

Saleh's deputy, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, is set to be rubber-stamped as the impoverished Arabian peninsula nation's new leader in presidential elections scheduled for Febuary 21. Under a US-backed plan brokered by Yemen's powerful neighbours, Hadi is to be the only candidate.

The vocal support for Hadi at Friday's demonstrations reflects a shift in the protest movement, which long opposed the Gulf deal, saying it failed to offer the wider political changes protesters demanded.

- Associated Press

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