Last updated: 22 march, 2011 - 17:23 GMT

Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh warns of civil war

Yemeni anti-government protesters carry the body of a comrade who was among 52 people killed by security forces in a violent crackdown last week

The killing of 50 anti-government protesters last week strengthened opposition to the president

The president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, has warned that any attempt at a military coup will lead to civil war.

President Ali Abdullah Saleh

President Ali Abdullah Saleh has been in power for nearly 32 years

He said he would step down by January next year, but only after organising parliamentary elections.

His offer was rejected by the Yemeni opposition, which wants him to leave immediately.

President Saleh faces a threat from a growing protest movement which in the past few days has been joined by generals, ambassadors, tribal leaders and other senior officials.

Gregory Johnsen is an expert on Yemen at Princeton University.

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First broadcast 22 March 2011

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