Massive demonstrations were held in Yemen on Wednesday to condemn the terrorist attack that targeted the defense minister and to announce support to the decisions including the latest ones by President Abdrabu Mansour Hadi.
The protesters said the decisions sacking senior security and military officials including the national security and intelligence chiefs were brave and that they back all Hadi's efforts.
Defense minister, Muhammad Nasser Ahmed, survived a car bombing while leaving the weekly meeting of the cabinet in downtown the capital Sanaa on Tuesday. 12 people including seven of this bodyguards were killed and 12 others injured in the deadly bombing.
The bombing came amid increasing attacks targeting senior officials including security and military leaders coinciding with a continuous, massive hunt for Al-Qaeda operatives.
In Sanaa, demonstrators carried placards that read" who is behind the attempts to assassin southern leaders"; "the time has come to establish justice"; and "the revolution will continue".
The demonstrators also called on the power-sharing government and President Hadi to do their best to improve the livelihoods of the Yemeni people and all basic services and to prepare for dialogue well.
In the past few days, Yemeni protesters in several cities including the capital Sanaa have started to stage demonstrations to call for lifting the immunity given to former president under the West-backed power-transfer deal reached after the 2011 uprising.
Former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, signed the deal to relinquish power to his deputy in November after 33 years in office. But after he recently appeared at his party's anniversary festival, the people raged and took to the streets to call for lifting the immunity given to him. Under the deal, Saleh was given full immunity from prosecution in return for stepping down and leaving politics.
The public believe he should not practice politics and if he insists he should be tried.