Inside the Middle East
February 8, 2011
Posted: 951 GMT

Yemen's prime minister, Ali Mujawar, on Monday defended his government, saying there is no reason Egypt-style protests should take off in the country.

"Yemen is not Tunisia or Egypt," he said. "Yemen has its own different situation... Yemen is a democratic country. Through all the stages, elections took place. And therefore this is a democratic regime."

He accused opposition parties of "trying to duplicate what happened in Tunisia and Egypt, and act as if it should be imposed on the people here in Yemen."

Last Thursday, thousands of anti-government demonstrators gathered near Sanaa University in Yemen's capital. People of all ages chanted and held signs with messages against poverty and the government. Many not only expressed solidarity with the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt but also demanded that Yemen's president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has been in office for 32 years, needed to step down.

While the protests in recent weeks in Yemen have been on a smaller scale than in Tunisia and Egypt, analysts say that Yemeni protesters are seeking many of the same things - particularly a government that they feel represents them and that will provide them with more economic opportunities. Read more...

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John A   February 8th, 2011 10:48 am ET

There are no so called Egypt-style protests in Egypt either. One square does not account for all of Egypt. Even those in the square know this and have decided its time to go home.

The only question is, what country will CNN claim the next facebook revolution is taking place? CNN or BSN take your pick.

LCGF   February 8th, 2011 11:03 am ET

Mubarak, no matter how great of a leader you think you are...your people are asking you to step down. You have lost their trust. One of your people has already lost his life. How many more do you want killed. Is this the legacy of a good leader?

Dean Murhsed   February 8th, 2011 2:08 pm ET

"Yemen is a democratic country" That statement says it all. It very ludcrious to say the least. How can a democratic country have an autocrat for 32 years. And to John A, you must be paid off by the Egyptian government.

brian glasberg   February 9th, 2011 4:48 am ET

I just heard your newsreader on Anderson Cooper 360 refer to the disappearance of polar bears on Alberta's Hudson Bay. In fact, Hudson Bay is not connected to Alberta at all-Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and the northwest territories border it! This should be corrected!

John A   February 9th, 2011 11:29 am ET

Dean Murhsed,
Can the protesters propose an alternative leader, do they know what they want? All they do is claim what they don't want. So far Mubarak is the only one who has provided a solution to the crisis. I don't care if Mubarak goes, I just don't want another grass roots revolt high jacked by America and Egypt should change its regime with intelligence as opposed to mob rule. What's so wrong with that??

jack   February 11th, 2011 2:00 am ET

john a if you pay attention you would not have to worry about american hijacking the revolt america has a right to protect their interest and i hope egypt elects someone to do the same for them.

bountysweet   February 11th, 2011 11:26 am ET

if mubarak go what next? cut your legs and cut your hands government

John A   February 13th, 2011 3:31 pm ET

Thanks for the post Jack, now please return to your American media misinformation slumber.

I'm really happy Ron Paul won the CPAC straw poll. Jack, if you listen to Ron Paul you will learn a lot. But many Americans dont like him, because he directs thought towards Americas faults and then provides sensible answers. Unlike most American politicians who are happy to hear the crowd brainlessly chant USA, USA.

Catherine   February 27th, 2011 6:10 pm ET

I'm thrilled to see the Middle East demanding their rights and coming out of the Medieval ages, which they must, yet I fear that we Westerners are not realizing that we ourselves are falling back into the Middle Ages, into that darkness that we overcame. In behind all the loud news of the Middle Eastern protests, I now keep hearing, very comparatively quietly, about that which we've been warned has been coming: rising food prices due to insufficient amount of food supplies for this overpopulated planet. Combine a lack of food and water with horrendously high unemployment and lost workers' rights in the West: and the Middle Ages here we come again. I pity our young people...

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