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February 21, 2012 9:07 am

Year Long Protests Lead Yemen to Choose New President in Historic Election

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Former Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Photo: wiki commons.

NY Times – In a rare move for an Arab state where popular dissent worked to unseat a dictator, Yemenis went to polling stations on Tuesday to vote out President Ali Abdullah Saleh after more than a year of antigovernment protests and violent clashes in the street.

Though the election is hardly an exercise in democracy — the only candidate is Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour al-Hadi — it represents an important transitional moment for an impoverished nation mired in a conflict that has left its troubled economy in tatters and many people dead or wounded.

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