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Mar 20, 2011 4:40 PM by AP

Yemeni president fires Cabinet

SANAA, Yemen (AP) - Yemen's president has fired his entire Cabinet amid escalating protests demanding his ouster.

President Ali Abdullah Saleh is facing a monthlong popular uprising against him that has turned increasingly bloody in the past few days as security troops opened fire on demonstrators in the capital and in the country's south. Around 100 people have been killed so far in the unrest.

The president's office issued a statement Sunday saying he was firing his Cabinet. The announcement came after members of Saleh's own tribe called on him to step down, robbing the U.S.-backed leader of vital support.

 

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