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Yemeni Leader to Stay Until Elections; Libyans Fight in Sirte

October 08, 2011

Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh plans to remain in power until after elections, his information minister said, even after Saleh announced on state television that he’d leave the post in coming days, Al Jazeera television reported yesterday.

Saleh will only resign under the framework of a Gulf Cooperation Council initiative, Abdu al-Janadi, deputy information minister, told Al Jazeera, saying he was clarifying the statements made on state television.

The Yemeni people are skeptical that Saleh will resign, Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkul Karman told Al Jazeera. Some in the country plan to bring charges against Saleh in an international criminal court. They’ve gathered information on Saleh’s alleged crimes and will send it to the court, she said.

“We will chase him and will track his assets,” said Karman, whose prize was announced Oct. 7. “Our battle is against Saleh and his sons.”

In Libya, forces from Misrata gained control of some buildings surrounding the Ouagadougou Hall, the complex in Sirte that supporters of Muammar Qaddafi have been using as a base.

The fighting wounded at least 80 soldiers, the Misrata Military Council said in a statement yesterday. The forces are attacking houses being used by snipers and have completed a sweep of 700 homes, according to the statement.

Arrest in Tunisia

Tunisia has arrested a former Libyan intelligence service colonel, who was hiding in a rented house near Douz in the central part of the country, said Al Jazeera, citing Tunisian’s official TAP news agency. The colonel, who wasn’t identified, had crossed into Tunisia more than a month ago after the fall of Qaddafi, using false identification papers, TAP said.

Syrian security forces killed 14 protesters across the country yesterday including at least six attending the funeral of Syrian Kurdish opposition figure Mishaal al-Tammo, who was killed Oct. 7, Al Jazeera reported, citing activists.

Security forces opened fire on the funeral, where at least 50,000 mourners participated, the Observatory for Human Rights in Syria said. Of the remaining 14 dead, three others were killed in a Damascus suburb, three more in Hama and another two in Homs, according to Al Jazeera.

Assassination of Kurd

Al-Tammo’s son, Fares, said the assassination of his father was done in an attempt to break the will of the Kurdish people, according to Iraqi Alsumaria News. Fares was participating in a demonstration held by Kurdish Syrians in the Iraqi province of Erbil, where he said Syrian president Bashar al-Assad would soon be out of power. Demonstrators there demanded Iraqi authorities shut down the Syrian embassy in Baghdad.

“The Syrian Kurds can be assured that the end of Assad’s regime is very close,” Faris said.

Armed groups in Syria also killed eight army soldiers in Hama, Homs and Idlib and the Damascus suburb Dhmer, the Syrian News Agency reported.

In Bahrain, police fired tear gas, sound grenades and rubber bullets at mourners attending an Oct. 7 funeral march honoring a 16-year old Shia boy, according to Al Jazeera. Ahmed Jaber al-Qattan died Oct. 6 after being hit by bird shot fired by security forces during a demonstration night outside the capital of Manama.

--With assistance from Caroline Alexander in London. Editors: Ann Hughey, Christian Thompson.

Carol Wolf in Washington at cwolf@bloomberg.net

To contact the reporter on this story: Zaid Sabah Abd Alhamid in Washington at zalhamid@bloomberg.net;

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Silva at msilva34@bloomberg.net


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