Monday, May 2, 2011

Yemeni President refuses to leave power

The agreement signing ceremony for the transfer of power in Yemen proposed by the Gulf countries has been postponed 'sine die', after the president, Ali Saleh Abadal, has conditioned its heading to a series of demands unacceptable opposition. Input, Saleh has been willing to sign the agreement in Sana'a, not in Riyadh, as planned, and after such time as the opposition.

A government source explained that in addition, Saleh signed the agreement as president of the ruling General People's Congress, "and not as head of state." The agreement, which provided a peaceful transition, was forged by representatives of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on 21 April and accepted by President Saleh three days later, but is still pending the signing of the documents.

The pact stipulates that Saleh transferred power to Vice President within one month after signing the agreement, and the calling of presidential and parliamentary elections two months later. The first plan involved Saleh signed the agreement on Saturday in Sana'a as head of state and representatives of the ruling party would do the same this Sunday in the Saudi capital, but the president decided on Saturday that he would not take that first step, which has led the opposition announced that no travel to Riyadh for the heading, for "no reason to go." Saleh is also not expected to travel to Riyadh in the coming hours, according to the government source consulted by Efe, adding that the decision was sent on Saturday night at the GCC Secretary General Abdul Latif Zayani.

"The president expressed the official desire not to sign the agreement in Riyadh, because they do not want to leave the country due to circumstances that take place in Yemen", added the source. In addition, Saleh has been willing to sign the agreement in his capacity as the ruling party, "and not as head of state," added the source, who preferred to withhold their identity.

On Saturday, opposition sources said the groups opposing the Saleh regime would seal the deal before you do Saleh because the president's signature initiative is stipulated in the GCC, comprising Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, United Arab Emirates U.S., Qatar and Bahrain. The refusal of Saleh, the Yemeni opposition is considering raising the pressure on the president to force him out.

"We are studying the options and waiting for a ruling from the U.S. and the European Union, say opposition sources quoted by Reuters. According to the agreement, the opposition would be responsible for appointing a prime minister of the interim government that takes office until the holding of new elections.

The opposition, grouped in the Alliance Shared Meeting, which groups six major opposition groups, fears that Saleh made "maneuvers" in fulfilling the contract if his signature. Saleh has been very ambiguous in its attitude towards the proposal of the GCC, because even if the last day 24 announced that formally accepted the plan, then qualified that would cede power alone who was elected at the polls, with no set deadlines for that election.

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