By Will Morrow:
Yemen’s “unity” cabinet provides immunity for Saleh regime
21 January 2012
Yemen’s power-sharing “unity” cabinet, composed of the ruling General People’s Congress (GPC) and opposition Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) coalition, approved laws on January 8 to give sweeping legal immunity to President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s regime.
Rather than shielding Saleh’s family members as had been expected, the legislation protects Saleh and those who worked with him, including in civilian, military and security institutions, during his lengthy presidency. Since protests emerged in Yemen last January, the regime has killed hundreds of demonstrators.