After violence, key military leaders and diplomats defect in Yemen

March 22, 2011

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Yemen's Presdient Ali Abdullah Saleh is under pressure to resign following recent violence against anti-government protesters.

50 protestors shot in Yemen on Friday swung momentum firmly against President Ali Saleh. Longtime Saleh supporter General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar and a slew of military officers said yesterday they now support the protestors. President Saleh’s support is now down to his family and their Republican Guards. Saleh says he is willing to hold early elections this year and leave office by January, but the opposition rejected the offer. We’ll talk about Yemen with Daniel Varisco, professor of anthropology at Hofstra University.