February 25th, 2012
02:43 AM ET

Yemen swears in new president after Saleh's longtime rule

Yemen swore in its new president Saturday, cementing a power transfer deal reached in November to end months of protests and violence over outgoing leader Ali Abdullah Saleh's longtime rule.

Abdurabu Mansur Hadi - who served as Saleh's vice president and became acting president in November in an agreement brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council - was sworn in Saturday in front of Yemen's parliament. Members of the parliament erupted in applause.

Saleh, who led Yemen for 33 years, was wounded in a June assassination attempt at his presidential palace during battles between government troops and tribal fighters.

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  1. AbdulQader

    Where is the news about Yemen in Aden and what happening now in Aden's streets ?

    February 25, 2012 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. leeintulsa

    so i guess the protestors liked the veep?

    February 25, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    When their president takes the oath of office, do they swear on a holy book like ours does ? And if so, which one ?

    February 25, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    By the Power of Grayskull, we'd better not hear about any protesting in Yemen for a while!
    Also, term limits: it's a good thing.

    February 25, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Yes hopefully a success story for the mid-east.

    February 25, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. fernace

    He was sworn in, no word of a vote by the citizens! Looks like same song, 2nd verse! It's good that Saleh, the dictator has been unseated, but swearing in the vice-president who worked for the dictator seems highly illogical, unless he has also sworn to uphold the will of the people! They seem to want a voice the the government process & control of their own lives, as so many civil uprisings across the world are about! I suppose we'll know soon enough if the Yemeni people support this developement!!

    February 25, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      I remember something about there being an agreement with the Gulf Cooperation Council for the VP to take over when Saleh stepped down. Now the big question would be is if this were an agreement taking the peoples opinion into consideration. Kinda like how our senators and congressmen make our decisions for us.

      February 25, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I'd like to know if there are any elections on the horizon, or if this dude is going to "preside" for the next 33 years.

      February 25, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Come to think of it, they haven't mentione any elections. Interesting point.

    February 25, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bill

    Protest this. It's USA fault.

    February 26, 2012 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. Brittney

    The future is grim. peploe are too lazy and comfortable to risk their lives for freedom. when there's little too lose there will be revolution.

    April 24, 2012 at 4:04 am | Report abuse |