Yemeni Parties Urge Supporters to Vote in Presidential Elections

Yemen’s political parties began a campaign today to urge citizens to vote in the Feb. 21 presidential election.

Abdurabu Mansur Hadi, the interim leader and vice president, has been endorsed by all parties represented in parliament and will be elected to replace outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Because he is the only candidate, there are fears of a low turnout.

“Your vote protects Yemen,” read a giant poster in the capital, Sana’a. “February 21 is the day for change,” read another.

Hadi will run Yemen for two years before parliamentary elections. During that time, a new constitution will be drafted and army forces restructured.

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