Yemeni security forces have opened fire on anti-government protesters in the southern city of Taizz, killing at least two, Press TV reports.
The attack came as anti-government protesters took to the streets on Sunday to demand the removal of Ali Abdullah Saleh’s loyalists from power positions in the government, the military and security apparatus, stressing that there will be no change in the country as long as members of the former regime are in power.
The demonstrators also called for the prosecution of Saleh and his aides over the killing of thousands of anti-government protesters during the country’s revolution.
Saleh, who ruled Yemen for 33 years, stepped down in February under a US-backed power transfer deal in return for immunity after nearly a year of mass street protests against his rule.
His deputy UK-trained field marshal Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi, replaced him on February 25 following a single-candidate presidential election backed by the United States and Saudi Arabia. Hadi will serve for an interim two-year period as stipulated by the power transfer deal.
Currently, Saleh’s eldest son Ahmed commands the elite Republican Guard, his nephew Yehya heads the central security services and another nephew, Tariq, controls the Presidential Guard.
Saleh’s General People’s Congress (GPC) party has also 17 ministers in the 34-member unity cabinet.