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Feb 22, 2011

Analysis: Yemen protests threaten Saleh’s grip on power

DUBAI (Reuters) – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is resisting popular demands for him to step down now, but will have to make good on promised reforms if he is to stem a nationwide tide of protests in which 12 people have been killed.

Saleh, 68, who has ruled his impoverished nation for 32 years, has pledged to quit in 2013 and not to hand power to his son. He has also promised to reform parliamentary election laws.

Feb 22, 2011

Yemen protests threaten Saleh’s grip on power

DUBAI (Reuters) – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is resisting popular demands for him to step down now, but will have to make good on promised reforms if he is to stem a nationwide tide of protests in which 12 people have been killed.

Saleh, 68, who has ruled his impoverished nation for 32 years, has pledged to quit in 2013 and not to hand power to his son. He has also promised to reform parliamentary election laws.

Feb 21, 2011

Analysis: Libya may face civil war as Gaddafi’s grip loosens

DUBAI (Reuters) – Libya faces chaos and possible civil war as Muammar Gaddafi fights to maintain his 42-year grip on power in the face of a popular uprising.

Even if he flees — assuming he could find a refuge — Gaddafi would leave a nation with few normal structures for a peaceful transition, after four decades of his idiosyncratic rule.

Feb 20, 2011

Bahrain crisis could unseat long-serving premier

DUBAI (Reuters) – Popular protests in Bahrain may finally dislodge the world’s longest-serving prime minister, as demanded by a mainly Shi’ite movement pressing for a fairer deal in the Gulf Arab island ruled by a Sunni Muslim dynasty.

Inspired by the fall of seemingly impregnable leaders in Egypt and Tunisia, Bahraini demonstrators want to see the back of their prime minister, Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa, entrenched in office since independence from Britain in 1971.

Feb 20, 2011

Analysis: Bahrain crisis could unseat long-serving premier

DUBAI (Reuters) – Popular protests in Bahrain may finally dislodge the world’s longest-serving prime minister, as demanded by a mainly Shi’ite movement pressing for a fairer deal in the Gulf Arab island ruled by a Sunni Muslim dynasty.

Inspired by the fall of seemingly impregnable leaders in Egypt and Tunisia, Bahraini demonstrators want to see the back of their prime minister, Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa, entrenched in office since independence from Britain in 1971.

Feb 14, 2011

Egypt’s military sketches path to transition

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s military has signaled that real change is on the way, reassuring the popular movement that toppled Hosni Mubarak, but leaving many questions hanging.

Any sign the army is reneging on its promises of democracy and civilian rule could reignite mass protests on the street.

Feb 13, 2011

Analysis: Egypt’s military sketches path to transition

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s military has signaled that real change is on the way, reassuring the popular movement that toppled Hosni Mubarak, but leaving many questions hanging.

Any sign the army is reneging on its promises of democracy and civilian rule could reignite mass protests on the street.

Feb 11, 2011

Analysis: Egyptians will resist any army bid to keep power

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians who toppled Hosni Mubarak Friday may still have more to do to ensure a military council now in charge transfers power to civilian hands.

The army has not spelled out any transition plans it might have. The best deterrent to any attempt to maintain military rule could be the street power of protesters who showed Mubarak they could render Egypt ungovernable without their consent.

Feb 11, 2011

Egyptians will resist any army bid to keep power

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians who toppled Hosni Mubarak on Friday may still have more to do to ensure a military council now in charge transfers power to civilian hands.

The army has not spelled out any transition plans it might have. The best deterrent to any attempt to maintain military rule could be the street power of protesters who showed Mubarak they could render Egypt ungovernable without their consent.

Feb 11, 2011

Mubarak swept away by people power, army

CAIRO (Reuters) – Hosni Mubarak, an immoveable object at the helm of Egypt for almost 30 years, finally met an irresistible force — his own people.

In a couple of terse sentences, his vice-president, Omar Suleiman, declared Friday that the 82-year-old leader had stepped down, after 18 days of mass protests against his rule.

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      "I cover the Middle East, with an emphasis on political analysis, region-wide stories and in-depth features. I live in Beirut and have been in my current post since June 2006. Outside my main Middle Eastern beat, I have covered Turkey, Pakistan and Afghanistan."
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