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Yemen - Feb 11, 2012 - 17:39

Last modified: 11 Feb 2012 14:39

Sadiq al-Ahmar, the paramount sheikh of the Hashid Tribal Confederation headed a meeting of sheikhs from the governorates of Mahwit, Sanaa, Saada, and Yarim in Sanaa on Saturday. 

At the nationally-televised meeting, Al-Ahmar and others present urged participation in Yemen's upcoming presidential election and proclaimed support for lone presidential candidate Abd Rabbu Mansuor Hadi. 

Speaking about voting on February 21, al-Ahmar said, “Yes, i will go. All of us, we must go, to fail the regime and to forget about Ali Abdullah Saleh." 

Outside the meeting, held in a conference room at the University of Science and Technology Hospital on Sanaa's Sixty Meters Road, photos of Mansour Hadi were pasted on waiting trucks bearing tribesmen loyal to the attending sheikhs.

[Luke Somers/Al Jazeera]