Just one month after taking power, Yemen’s new president faces strong challenge from secessionist movement in the South

March 26, 2012

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Yemenis gather outside of a sewing shop damaged during clashes between armed tribesmen and security forces in southern Yemen.

It seems the more things change in Yemen, the more they stay the same. One month into the presidency of Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, former long-time Yemeni leader Ali Abdullah Saleh remains the head of the leading party.

Saleh's sons continue to hold prominent cabinet positions. As a military offensive rages on in southern Yemen, more than 150,000 Yemenis have been displaced. Clashes between Hadi and Saleh supporters are prevalent. Daniel Varisco, professor of anthropology at Hofstra University, discusses the challenges Hadi faces.