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    Violence Mars Yemen Vote

    Image #: 16996595    A man walks past tyres set on fire by followers of a southern separatist group, calling for a boycott to Yemen's presidential elections, to block a road in the southern port city of Aden February 21, 2012. Yemenis began voting on Tuesday to replace President Ali Abdullah Saleh in an election many hope will give Yemen a chance to rebuild the country shattered by a year-long struggle that had pushed Yemen to the brink of civil war. Vice President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi stands uncontested as a consensus candidate. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS CIVIL UNREST)       REUTERS /Khaled Abdullah /LANDOV

    Khaled Abdullah, Reuters / Landov

    Yemeni voters go to the polls today, though their options are limited: Vice President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi is the only candidate on the ballot. Nevertheless, the BBC reports that Yemenis in the capital are excited at the prospect of ending President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 33-year reign. Saleh, for his part, urged people to vote for Hadi to ensure “a peaceful transition of power.” Nevertheless, violence did break out in the south, where separatists are calling for a voter boycott. At least six people were killed at southern polling stations.

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