Yemen President Fires Entire Cabinet

Situation looking increasingly dire for Saleh
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2011 1:23 PM CDT
Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh Fires Entire Cabinet, as Calls for Ouster Increase
Protesters carry the body of Hamid Ali, his poster seen right, who was killed on Friday's clashes with Yemeni security forces, during his funeral procession in Sanaa, Sunday, March 20, 2011.   (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

Yemen's increasingly embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh axed his entire Cabinet today, as even members of his own tribe called for his ouster and his administration abandoned ship, reports the AP. In the wake of sniper crackdowns that killed up to 42 protesters Friday, Yemen's UN envoy Abdullah Alsaidi "has sent his resignation to the president's office and the Foreign Ministry," a rep tells Reuters. The nation's human rights minster has resigned as well.

"This is definitely in my view now entering into some form of an end game," says an expert. Tens of thousands of protesters filled the streets today for the funerals of those killed in Friday's violence. Click for more on the situation in Yemen. (More Yemen stories.)

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