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Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in Yemen, inspired by the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. Hakim Almasmari, Editor in Chief of the Yemen Post, tells anchor Marco Werman that the country's government is corrupt and incompetent, but not on the verge of collapse.
Marco Werman:There's now another Arab country where angry protestors have taken to the streets, Yemen. Tens of thousands marched today demanding an end to the 32 year reign of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. It seems the protestors in Yemen were also inspired by the popular uprising in Tunisia. Hakim Almasmari is editor in chief of the Yemen Post. He's in the capital Sanaa, and he says the protestors there have a single message.
Hakim Almasmari: The demand is clear, they demand change. They demand a regime that's free from corruption. They demand a regime that, that work for the people and not for the specific family or group. This protest in my opinion has been the biggest protest we've seen against the ruling party in over a decade.
Werman:Does the opposition want the government of President Abdullah Saleh to fix itself, or do they want him completely out of power, full stop?
Almasmari: The problem right now in Yemen is that the opposition is not very direct with what it wants in Yemen. It's not hidden news that the opposition leaders here in Yemen have strong contacts with the President and they meet on a weekly basis and have phone calls now and then. So they, they, the opposition members, or leaders, need to understand that if they want to be opposition they need to take a stronger stance against the ruling party instead of playing it two ways with the ruling party and protestors.
Werman:Are you saying the opposition, the people who are, are demonstrating today are, are not unified?
Almasmari: I am saying that the opposition leadership is not unified and there are members of the opposition leadership who have close contacts with the President, and that means that they need to have a stronger voice and that is the only way change can happen in Yemen. And the President, to be honest with you, he's trying his best to keep the opposition un-united, and this way it works better for his agenda.
Werman:Could you see the government of President Saleh falling?
Almasmari: I do not envision the President or the ruling party falling anytime soon. But we do see a joint government from the opposition and the ruling parties to join hands to try to fix the country up after decades of wasting time and massive corruption in every governmental institution.
Werman:Hakim Almasmari, editor in chief of the Yemen Post, thank you very much.
Almasmari: You're welcome.