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Yemen marks three years since uprising

Yemenis waved national flags and gave the V for victory sign during anti-government protests marking the start of the third anniversary of the uprising that toppled former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Saleh stepped down in 2012 after 33 years in power. A panel headed by President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi the previous day agreed a six-region federation plan for Yemen which will be inserted into a new constitution and will divide Yemen into six federal regions - four in the north and two in the south.

Yemen marks three years since uprising
A Yemeni boy with his face painted in colors of the national flag takes part in a demonstration by anti-government protesters marking the start of the 3rd anniversary of the uprising that toppled Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who stepped down in 2012 after 33 years in power, in Sanaa on February 11, 2014. A panel headed by President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi the previous day agreed a six-region federation plan for Yemen which will be inserted into a new constitution and will divide Yemen into six federal regions -- four in the north and two in the south. (AFP/Getty Images)
Yemen marks three years since uprising
Anti-government protesters stand on top of a billboard bearing a portrait of Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi during a demonstration marking the start of the 3rd anniversary of the uprising that toppled Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who stepped down in 2012 after 33 years in power, in Sanaa on February 11, 2014. A panel headed by President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi the previous day agreed a six-region federation plan for Yemen which will be inserted into a new constitution and will divide Yemen into six federal regions -- four in the north and two in the south. (AFP/Getty Images)
Yemen marks three years since uprising
Anti-government protesters take part in a demonstration marking the start of the 3rd anniversary of the uprising that toppled Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who stepped down in 2012 after 33 years in power, in Sanaa on February 11, 2014. A panel headed by President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi the previous day agreed a six-region federation plan for Yemen which will be inserted into a new constitution and will divide Yemen into six federal regions -- four in the north and two in the south. (AFP/Getty Images)
Yemen marks three years since uprising
Anti-government protesters shout slogans as they march during a demonstration marking the start of the 3rd anniversary of the uprising that toppled Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who stepped down in 2012 after 33 years in power, in Sanaa on February 11, 2014. A panel headed by President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi the previous day agreed a six-region federation plan for Yemen which will be inserted into a new constitution and will divide Yemen into six federal regions -- four in the north and two in the south. (AFP/Getty Images)
Yemen marks three years since uprising
Anti-government protesters shout slogans during a demonstration marking the start of the 3rd anniversary of the uprising that toppled Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who stepped down in 2012 after 33 years in power, in Sanaa on February 11, 2014. A panel headed by President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi the previous day agreed a six-region federation plan for Yemen which will be inserted into a new constitution and will divide Yemen into six federal regions -- four in the north and two in the south. (AFP/Getty Images)
Yemen marks three years since uprising
An anti-government protester with his face painted with a stripe in the colours of his national flag attends a demonstration marking the start of the 3rd anniversary of the uprising that toppled Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who stepped down in 2012 after 33 years in power, in Sanaa on February 11, 2014. A panel headed by President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi the previous day agreed a six-region federation plan for Yemen which will be inserted into a new constitution and will divide Yemen into six federal regions -- four in the north and two in the south. (AFP/Getty Images)
Yemen marks three years since uprising
An anti-government protester holds a banner reading in Arabic: 'Revolution against corruption' and flashes the sign for victory during a demonstration marking the start of the 3rd anniversary of the uprising that toppled Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who stepped down in 2012 after 33 years in power, in Sanaa on February 11, 2014. A panel headed by President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi the previous day agreed a six-region federation plan for Yemen which will be inserted into a new constitution and will divide Yemen into six federal regions -- four in the north and two in the south. (AFP/Getty Images)
Yemen marks three years since uprising
Anti-government protesters march during a demonstration marking the start of the 3rd anniversary of the uprising that toppled Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who stepped down in 2012 after 33 years in power, in Sanaa on February 11, 2014. A panel headed by President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi the previous day agreed a six-region federation plan for Yemen which will be inserted into a new constitution and will divide Yemen into six federal regions -- four in the north and two in the south. (AFP/Getty Images)
Yemen marks three years since uprising
A female anti-government protester gestures during a demonstration marking the start of the 3rd anniversary of the uprising that toppled Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who stepped down in 2012 after 33 years in power, in Sanaa on February 11, 2014. A panel headed by President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi the previous day agreed a six-region federation plan for Yemen which will be inserted into a new constitution and will divide Yemen into six federal regions -- four in the north and two in the south. (AFP/Getty Images)
Yemen marks three years since uprising
Anti-government protesters take part in a demonstration marking the start of the 3rd anniversary of the uprising that toppled Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who stepped down in 2012 after 33 years in power, in Sanaa on February 11, 2014. A panel headed by President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi the previous day agreed a six-region federation plan for Yemen which will be inserted into a new constitution and will divide Yemen into six federal regions -- four in the north and two in the south. (AFP/Getty Images)