Written By: Mohammed al-Kibsi
Article Date: Mar 31, 2012 - 8:33:19 PM
Thousands of Yemenis gathered in al-Sabeen square on Friday night to celebrate EX President Ali Abdullah Saleh birthday.
The gathering called their celebration is the day of fealty for the person that they believe had served the people of Yemen and worked hard for the interest of the country and for the interest of all citizens along the past 33 years.
Ali al-Gamadi 64 old from old city of Sana’a, said 21 of March was Saleh’s 70th birthday so we came here to express congratulations for the man that accomplished the most significant achievements in Yemen’s modern history, crowned by the reunification of Yemen on May 22, 1990 and adoption of democracy and human rights and freedoms.
“President Saleh is still the president of our party and we came here to express fealty to him and to say thanks for fulfilling all his promises the latest of which was his promise to hand power peacefully to an elected president,” said al-Gamadi. “He accomplished this promise and handed power to President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi on February 27 after President Hadi won the early presidential elections on February 21, said al-Qamadi.
17 old school girl M. Fidhah said she was happy for taking part in the celebration of President Saleh’s 70th birthday. “I came here with my parents and all family members to say thanks for president Saleh”…..we used to come to this square every Friday to express our support for leader ‘Saleh’ and for democracy and to reject the attempts of capturing power by force and by military coups but now I’m so proud of him for handing over power to an elected president,” Mis Fidha said.
“This man will stay in our hearts and minds ever. We will remember him ever as the founder of democracy and human rights and as the first Arab leader that handed power peacefully to an elected president,” she added. The gathering raised pictures of Saleh and banners thanking him for protecting the country and avoiding the country from falling into a civil war.
They chanted songs, danced on Yemeni folkloric music and recited poetry all night long. The gathering kept celebrating the event despite the power outage that left the capital Sana’a in total dark and despite attempts of rivals to sabotage the event.
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