The new Yemen government has given armed militia aligned to outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh 48 hours to leave Sanaa.

A new commission has been formed in Yemen with a remit to rid the capital city of military groups that could undermine the transitional period by becoming involved in street fighting with peace keeping forces.

Reports from news agencies in Sanaa say that there are still some Republican Guard troops controlled by Saleh’s son deployed in the city.

It is not clear what the consequences of non-compliance will be, but the new government has called on the international community to put pressure in anyone not adhering to the directive.