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SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Thousands of protesters have been demonstrating across Yemen, some in support of the Shiite rebels who seized the capital and others demanding the country's south secede.
President Abed Rabbo Hadi (HAD'-ee) stepped down with his Cabinet yesterday under pressure from Houthi (HOO'-thee) rebels who have been demanding a bigger share of power.
Houthis seized control of the capital, Sanaa (sah-NAH'), in September. Supporters converged on the airport road today, raising green flags and banners proclaiming their slogan — "Death to America, death to Israel, a curse on the Jews and victory to Islam."
Meanwhile, a faction of southerners who oppose the Shiite power grab have seized the opportunity to press their case for independence. Thousands protested in the city of Aden (AY'-duhn), raising the flag of formerly independent Southern Yemen over the airport and the local security headquarters building.
Critics of the Houthis charge that they are backed and financed by mostly Shiite Iran, a charge that they deny. In return the Houthis accuse Hadi of being in league with al-Qaida, although he has been a U.S. ally in its campaign against al-Qaida's branch in Yemen.
The local al-Qaida affiliate also bitterly opposes the Houthis and has battled them on several fronts.
149-c-17-(Jon Gambrell, AP correspondent)-"of the cabinet"-AP correspondent Jon Gambrell reports it is unclear who is in charge of Yemen now that the country's president and Cabinet ministers have stepped down. (23 Jan 2015)
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148-c-22-(Jon Gambrell, AP correspondent)-"direction of Yemen"-AP correspondent Jon Gambrell reports Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen are calling for protests a day after the country's president resigned. ((note length of cut)) ((Houthi is pronounced HOO'-thee)) (23 Jan 2015)
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APPHOTO AHM104: Houthi Shiite Yemeni chant slogans during the funeral procession of fellow men killed during recent clashes with presidential guard forces in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. Shiite rebels have called on supporters to hold mass rallies, a day after the country's embattled president and Cabinet resigned. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed) (23 Jan 2015)
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APPHOTO AHM101: Houthi Shiite Yemeni carry coffins of fellow men killed during recent clashes with presidential guard forces, during their funeral procession in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. Shiite rebels have called on supporters to hold mass rallies, a day after the country's embattled president and Cabinet resigned. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed) (23 Jan 2015)
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APPHOTO CAIHK103: FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan, 21. 2014, file photo provided by Yemen's Defense Ministry, Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi speaks during the closing session of the national dialogue conference in Sanaa, Yemen. Hadi submited his resignation Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, over a standoff with Shiite rebels who control the capital. (AP Photo/Yemen's Defense Ministry, File) (22 Jan 2015)
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APPHOTO AHM108: A Houthi Shiite Yemeni, background, mans a machine gun atop an armored personnel carrier, seized from the presidential guards during clashes, outside the presidential palace in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. Heavily armed Shiite rebels remain stationed outside the Yemeni president's house and the palace in Sanaa, despite a deal calling for their immediate withdrawal to end a violent standoff. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed) (22 Jan 2015)
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