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Yemenis go to the polls Tuesday in an uncontested presidential election that is part of a negotiated end to the decades-long rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

After nearly 34 years in power, Saleh is on his way out, and Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi is set to become Yemen’s next president. Hadi is the current vice president, Saleh’s handpicked successor, and the sole candidate in Tuesday’s election.

Saleh agreed to cede power last December after months of popular protests against his rule.

For the protesters who brought the Arab Spring to the southern reaches of the Arabian Peninsula, this continuation of the old establishment is not what they envisioned, but many consider it as a necessary stage in Yemen’s political crisis. Still, those who took to the streets last year say they will continue their struggle until they see a complete change of the system.

Get Elizabeth Arrott’s full report at VOANews.com and check out her photo gallery below.

 Single Candidate Election Marks Start of Yemens Transition

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