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Yemen ex-leader's party to protest over UN sanctions move

Gunmen loyal to Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh hold a portrait of him as they gather outside the former headquarters of his party, the General People's Congress party, on November 6, 2014 in the capital SanaaFormer Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s party on Thursday called for protests against UN sanctions expected to target the ousted strongman and Huthi rebel leaders for obstructing peace. The General People’s Congress warned in a statement that any sanctions would only exacerbate the crisis in Yemen, where Saleh is seen as the prime backer of Shiite rebels who have overrun the capital and other areas since September. The UN Security Council was poised to endorse a US-drafted proposal to slap a visa ban and assets freeze on Saleh and two of his allies, Shiite Huthi rebel commanders Abd al-Khaliq al-Huthi and Abdullah Yahya al-Hakim, diplomats in New York said on Tuesday. “Any sanction would have dangerous consequences that would threaten not only the security of Yemen, but also that of its neighbours,” the GPC warned.

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