June 13 - Youth groups leading protests against Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh say they will form their own transitional council unless the acting president forms one within 24 hours. Nick Rowlands reports.
Youth groups leading protests to oust Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh demand the acting president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi form a transitional council immediately. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) LEADING PROTESTER YASSER AL-RA'EENI: "We will give Abd-Rabbo Mansour Hadi 24 hours, which will not be extended even by one hour. If Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has not explained his position by the time those hours have passed we will form a council in coordination with the political parties and the military. If the political parties do not want to take part in forming the council then the youth will form it." Yemen's political opposition held talks with Hadi on Monday in a bid to defuse months of violent political deadlock over the future of Saleh, who has refused to step down. On the streets of Sanaa, protesters chant, "The people want the transitional council." A ceasefire has held in Sanaa since Saleh left for medical treatment in Saudi Arabia following a rocket attack on his palace on June 3rd. But the capital is now dangerously short of fuel, electricity, and water. And violence is worsening in the southern province of Abyan, where Islamist gunmen seized the provincial capital last month. At least four soldiers and over 20 al Qaeda members were killed during battles over the weekend. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.