Sana’a, March 23 (DPA) Yemen’s parliament Wednesday voted in support of imposing emergency law for 30 days, a motion requested by President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the midst of ongoing anti-government protests.
The law suspends the country’s constitution, bans protests, and allows for arbitrary arrests and censorship.
The move comes a day after Yemeni opposition rejected Saleh’s offer to step down by January 2012.
After 32 years in power, Saleh has faced over a month of widespread protests calling for his ouster. A number of army generals have defected and pledged their support to the protesters.
Violent crackdowns by security forces have left dozens of protesters killed. Journalists and activists have also been harassed and arrested by authorities in the country.