20 February 2012 Last updated at 17:48 ETAbdrabbuh Mansur Hadi will inherit a country in deep crisis on many fronts
People in Yemen are due to elect a new president, ending current leader Ali Abdullah Saleh's 33-year-rule.
Voters are expected to rubber-stamp Vice-President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi - the only candidate in Tuesday's poll.
It comes after a year of violent anti-government protests in the Arabian peninsula's poorest country.
Violence continued on Monday, with at least one polling station reportedly attacked in the south. One person is said to have been killed.
Foregone conclusionThe election follows a deal brokered by Yemen's Gulf Arab neighbours.
Mr Saleh signed the agreement to step down - but only once a new president is elected.
On Monday, he urged Yemenis to vote for Mr Hadi to ensure "a peaceful transition of power".
According to the election rules, there is no minimum turnout for the vote to be valid. In other words, says the BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in Sanaa, if only one person turns out to vote for him, Mr Hadi will still win.
It all sounds like a bit of a farce, our correspondent adds. But he adds that the election is not much about choosing a new leader, it is about making sure that Mr Saleh is gone for good.
The new leader will face a daunting list of tasks - an ongoing rebellion in large chunks of the country, al-Qaeda militants and also widespread malnutrition among children and severe drought.
Article Source : BBC News
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