Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Yemen: Fragile peace

After a year of political upheaval and violence, and just two months since former president Ali Abdullah Saleh was replaced by his deputy, Yemenis in the capital Sanaa are cautiously returning to normal life.

But implementation of a plan to remove members of the old government from power has proved problematic. Last week the dismissal of the head of the air force, Saleh's half-brother, led to a standoff at the airport, prompting the government to boost security forces with new troops.

Although guns have mostly fallen silent and checkpoints are increasingly rare in Sanaa, fighters from various factions are still present on the streets, prompting fears over whether the fragile peace will hold.

Al Jazeera's Jane Ferguson reports from Sanaa.