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Yemen's president says “deceitful” opposition should go

Saleh says 95% of Yemenis support him

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Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh stressed in a meeting with young activists that the sweeping majority of the Yemeni people support him and called upon the opposition, whose members he described as “deceitful,” to leave.

“If 95% of the Yemeni people support the unity of Yemen and only 5% destabilize national security, then who should leave? Of course the minority that threatens the nation,” Ali Abdullah Saleh said in a meeting with members of the Popular Front for the Defense of Yemen’s Unity.

Saleh argued that this minority is not welcome in the country and that they should leave like they did after the September 26 Revolution, which overthrew the monarchy of Imam Mohamed al-Badr and led to the creation of the modern Yemeni republic.

“They all have to leave instead of asking others via satellite channels and the press to leave. These are agents and mercenaries, who betrayed the republic and democracy. They are deceitful.”

If 95% of the Yemeni people support the unity of Yemen and only 5% destabilize national security, then who should leave?

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh

Conspiracies in Yemen

In the same vein, official media warned of “extremist” ideologies on both the political and religious levels and said that those groups that are calling for the toppling of the regime only aim at wreaking havoc and destroying the nation.

The editorial in the most widely-circulated official newspaper al-Thawra said that al-Qaeda is aiming at establishing an “Islamic emirate” modeled after Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan.

The paper added that the Houthis want to establish a Shiite state in the northern governorate of Saada and that the Muslim Brotherhood are striving to establish an independent “caliphate” in central Yemen, specifically in the governorates of Taiz and Ibb.

Marxists and nationalists, the paper added, also want to “get a part of the cake” and will even be satisfied with a single province from which they can promote their ideologies.

(Translated from Arabic by Sonia Farid)