Monday, December 26, 2011

Yemen replacing commander after soldiers strike

December 26, 2011
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — An officer says Yemen's military has agreed to replace a commander accused of corruption, apparently settling a brief strike by 1,000 soldiers.
Anwar Abdullah, an officer in a department that deals with public affairs and army morale, said that the strikers demanded the ouster of department head Maj. Gen. Ali al-Shater for mismanagement. Abdullah said al-Shater had his own prison, and some soldiers were jailed, even for minor offenses. Some were kept in chains.
He said after the prime minister intervened in the dispute Monday, it was agreed that al-Shater would be replaced.
The soldiers said they would end their strike when the defense minister appoints a new commander.

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