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Anti-government protesters shout slogans during a rally to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh at Tagheer square in Sanaa July 16, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Suhaib Salem.
(Reuters) - Yemeni protesters formed a transitional council of opposition figures on Saturday to lead efforts to try to force President Ali Abdullah Saleh from power.
Youth groups, which have been at the forefront of more than five months of protests against Saleh's three decade rule, told a news conference that the 17 member council would include former Yemeni President Ali Nasser Mohammed and leaders of several opposition groups, including exiles.
They named General Abdullah Ali Aleiwa, a former defense minister, as their choice for armed forces commander.
An official from an anti-Saleh coalition of mainstream opposition parties, said the Joint Meeting would not support the new council. The coalition has also called for a transitional body.
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