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Continuing Crisis Hampers Yemen Transitional Government

An anti-government protester, with his face painted in the colors of Yemen's and Syria's national flags, walks past pictures of people killed in anti-government clashes, during a rally demanding the ouster of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa,

The United Nations' envoy to Yemen says the transitional government faces the huge challenge of wresting control of parts of the country from al-Qaida.

Officials said Wednesday that the situation in Yemen is highly fragile, with a number of areas in the hands of government opponents, including al-Qaida.

The officials said the political agreement that saw President Ali Abdullah Saleh hand over power to his opposition-backed deputy will fail without the cooperation of all political leaders.

President Saleh agreed last month to give up power to Vice President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, leading the way to a new presidential election set for February 21.

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