Sunday, February 26, 2012

Yemen leader promises al Qaeda fight

Sanaa, Yemen (CNN) -- Yemen's new president on Saturday promised to continue the fight against al Qaeda, calling it "a religious and national duty" for citizens of his restive nation.

Abdurabu Mansur Hadi was sworn in Saturday in the capital, Sanaa. The ceremony cements a power transfer deal reached in November to end months of protests and violence over outgoing leader Ali Abdullah Saleh's longtime rule.

Hadi -- who served as Saleh's vice president and became acting president in November in an agreement brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council -- was sworn in before Yemen's parliament.

President Barack Obama called Hadi to congratulate him and to say that the United States "will stand with the people of Yemen as they continue their efforts to forge a brighter future for their country," according to a White House statement. Read More