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Feb 19, 2012 12:31 AM by Jacqui Heinrich

US counterterror adviser pledges support for Yemen

SANAA, Yemen (AP) - Yemen's state news agency says the U.S. administration's top counter-terrorism adviser has pledged Washington's support for the country's new president after upcoming elections.

SABA says John Brennan met Saturday with Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in Sanaa to discuss next week's presidential vote.

Hadi is the only candidate on Tuesday's ballot, according to a deal between the opposition and longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The U.S. supported the Gulf-brokered agreement that pressured Saleh to transfer power to Hadi, ending Saleh's nearly 34-year rule amid mass anti-government protests.

Yemen's state news agency also reported Saturday that Brennan pledged continued U.S. assistance to Yemen in its fight against an active al-Qaeda branch based in the country.

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