Monday, April 25, 2011

Saleh agrees to hold the power in a month

The Yemeni president leaves after three months of unprecedented protests and after more than three decades in power. His party, the General People's Congress, has informed the neighbors that Ali Abdullah Saleh accepts his proposal to close the crisis in the country. That is, to cede power. "The ruling party has informed the foreign ministers of the GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council] of its acceptance of the initiative to complete Gulf," said party spokesman Tariq Shami, this Saturday, the day that the Yemeni were called to a day of general strike against the autocrat.

The plan presented on Thursday the six nations of the GCC is that Saleh hand over power to his vice president a month after he signed the plan with the opposition forces. The opposition leader, Yassin Noman, welcomed the initiative but says he will not participate in the national unity government that includes the Gulf Council's plan.

Neighboring countries have proposed that following the resignation of Saleh was appointed an opposition leader to head a caretaker cabinet to prepare presidential elections two months later. The plan, presented on Thursday, also gives immunity to Saleh, his family and his advisers, which irritates his enemies, which must also end the protests as proposed.

After hearing the announcement of the General People's Congress, Washington has urged Saleh to "the timing and form of this transition" to be "determined in a concrete and start immediately," he said in a statement a spokesman for the Department of State. The current mandate of Saleh, in power for 32 years, ending in 2013.

After the start of the protests, whose repression has left many dead, the Yemeni president said he would go after the parliamentary elections of 2012.

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