UPDATE 1 -Yemen federation deal gives autonomy, not independence, to south
* Yemen to be split into six federal regions
* Not enough for southern separatists
(Adds quotes from Southern officials, analysts, background)
By Mohammed Mukhashaf
ADEN, Yemen, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Yemen's president on Monday
formally approved turning the country into a federal state,
giving the south more autonomy and completing a milestone in his
planned transition to democracy.
But the move was immediately rejected by some southerners
who insist on a separate state, raising fears the impoverished
country may face further instability on top of the challenges it
already has from Islamist militants and a northern rebellion.
Demands by southern separatists to restore the state that
merged with North Yemen in 1990 had delayed an agreement on
broad reforms ahead of general elections.
Under the new system approved by President Abd-Rabbu Mansour
Hadi, Yemen will be split into six regions.
The former South Yemen will be divided into two regions,