This is I think a common mistake - and I don't want to single out Raghavan for criticism particularly since I have already written about a mistake he made earlier today - but again I think this is a common mistake.
There is, in Yemen, a marked difference between the Yemeni government and President Salih. One should not necessarily hear the former and think the latter. And indeed Salih often attempts to position himself as a mediator between an overburdened population and an unfeeling government. This is something that academics and analysts that have been studying Yemen for quite a while have often remarked on.
I wrote about this with regards to some riots in 2005 here.
But prefiguring me by more than a decade is an article by Renauld Detalle in an article in Yemen Today: Crisis and Solutions.