UPDATE 1-Protests erupt in Yemen, president offers reform

Thu Jan 20, 2011 8:33pm GMT
 

* Demonstrations against economic conditions and president

* Government offers constitutional reforms

* Opposition says proposals do not go far enough

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By Mohammed Ghobari and Mohamed Sudam

SANAA/ADEN, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Thousands protested in southern Yemen on Thursday to reject political reforms proposed by the government, including a limit on presidential terms, saying they did not go far enough.

The government announced its reform plans in the face of growing discontent that sparked sporadic protests this week.

Opposition parties said they would meet on Saturday to discuss the offer, as thousands of people demonstrated in the southern town of Taiz.   Continued...

 
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