Yemeni protesters announce shadow government

AP , Saturday 16 Jul 2011

Senior protest figures in Yemen have formed a shadow government they say will prepare to run the country should President Ali Abdullah Saleh's regime collapse

Protest leader Tawakul Karman said Saturday the 17-member transitional presidential council includes former government officials and civil society leaders. The move seeks to create a unified protest leadership after five months of demonstrations calling for Saleh's ouster.

The protesters are acting independently from Yemen's official opposition parties, which they reject for negotiating with Saleh. It is unclear whether the council's formation will have any effect.

Karman said the council will choose a leader to appoint a technocratic government and announce a 501-member shadow parliament to draft a new constitution.


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