Sadiq al-Ahmar headed a gathering of sheikhs in Sana'a to encourage voter participation in the upcoming presidential election and to voice support for the lone candidiate, Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Sana'a, Yemen. 11th February 2011
Paramount sheikh of the Hashid Tribal Confederation Sadiq al-Ahmar headed a meeting of sheikhs from the governorates of Mahwit, Sana'a, Sa'ada, and Yarim in Sana'a on Saturday.
At the nationally-televised gathering, Al-Ahmar and others present urged participation in Yemen's upcoming presidential election and proclaimed support for lone presidential candidate Abd Rabbu Mansuor Hadi.
Speaking about voting on February 21, al-Ahmar said, “Yes, I will go. All of us, we must go, to fail the regime and to forget about Ali Abdullah Saleh."
Outside the meeting, held in a conference room at the University of Science and Technology Hospital on Sana'a's Sixty Meters Road, photos of Mansour Hadi were pasted on waiting trucks bearing tribesmen loyal to the attending sheikhs.