US backs Nobel winner's vision of Yemen democracy

AP News
Posted: Oct 28, 2011 12:16 PM
US backs Nobel winner's vision of Yemen democracy

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has heaped praise on the first Arab woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize and is calling for her revolution to succeed in bringing democracy to Yemen.

Clinton welcomed Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman in Washington Friday and lauded her "commitment to democracy and human rights," and efforts to shape a better future for her impoverished Arab country.

Alternating in English and Arabic, Karman said Yemen's protesters would surprise the world by making a new state, just as they surprised the world with their revolution.

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She also spoke of the hundreds of Yemeni women who protested the government's crackdown by setting fire to their traditional veils earlier this week. She said Yemeni women would press their rights and no longer hide behind veils or walls.