|Protesters shout anti-government slogans in Sanaa, Yemen, on Sunday|
But Taiz Gov. Hamoud al-Soufi denied reports of the killing and said that the clashes did not occur in the square, but on the main street, the state-tun Saba news agency reported. Their being in the street forced riot police to intervene to clear the road, but "infiltrators and some young hotheads" threw stones at soldiers, wounding eight, one seriously, the governor said.
Meanwhile, Yemen's parliament speaker rejected a transition plan by the country's largest opposition bloc, indicating continued stalemate over how President Ali Abdullah Saleh should hand over power.
Saleh has offered to step down by the end of the year, after constitutional reforms and new elections. The Joint Meeting Parties bloc demands Saleh's immediate ouster, and the plan unveiled Saturday called for Saleh to hand over all authority to Vice President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi, a spokesman for the bloc told reporters.
Once power is handed to Hadi, he should change the structure of the security forces -- including the Republican Guard -- in a way that is "fair" and in accordance with Yemen's constitution, the spokesman said.