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Yemen President Vows To Quit In 30 Days

From a victorious Associated Press:

Yemeni president agrees to step down in 30 days

By Ahmed Al-haj, Associated Press Sat Apr 23, 2011

SANAA, Yemen – Yemen’s embattled president agreed Saturday to a proposal by Gulf Arab mediators to step down within 30 days and hand power to his deputy in exchange for immunity from prosecution, a major about-face for the autocratic leader who has ruled for 32 years.

Sure, over the years Mr. Saleh has been closely allied with the Soviet Union and Saddam Hussein, and more recently with Iran. But he has also helped the US in the fight against terrorism. So he has to go.

A coalition of seven opposition parties said they also accepted the deal but with reservations. Even if the differences are overcome, those parties do not speak for all of the hundreds of thousands of protesters seeking President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s ouster, and signs were already emerging that a deal on those terms would not end confrontations in the streets.

A day earlier, protesters staged the largest of two months of demonstrations, filling a five-lane boulevard across the capital with a sea of hundreds of thousands of people. Day after day of protest have presented a stunning display of defiance in the face of a crackdown that has included sniper attacks and killed more than 130 people

Shooting down civilians in the streets seems to be common practice with these Muslim leaders.

The United States has watched the uprising with particular concern because Saleh has been an ally in fighting al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, which is based in Yemen’s remote mountainous south and has made several nearly successful attempts to attack U.S. and other targets abroad.

This is undoubtedly what sealed Saleh’s doom.

U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Washington welcomes the proposal for ending the crisis and called for immediate dialogue by all sides on a transfer of power.

"We will not speculate about the choices the Yemeni people will make or the results of their political dialogue," he said. "It is ultimately for the people of Yemen to decide how their country is governed."

Later, the White House in a statement urged all parties in Yemen "to move swiftly to implement" a deal transferring power

Yes, we can never ditch our allies fast enough to suit Mr. Obama.

The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, which includes powerful Saudi Arabia, has been seeking to broker an end to the crisis in the fragile nation on the southern edge of the Arabian peninsula.

Under the latest draft, Yemen’s parliament would grant Saleh legal protection from prosecution. The president would submit his resignation to lawmakers within 30 days and hand power to his vice president, who would call for new presidential elections

And these elections, being the first in the history of the country, are sure to be fair and open. Al Qaeda will insist.

State TV announced the president’s acceptance of the deal and said Yemen’s foreign minister delivered the government’s response to mediators on Saturday

Saleh has over the past two months used violence to try to quell the unrest. He has also offered concessions, including a pledge not to run again for president when his term is up in 2013 or allow his son to succeed him, but to no avail.

Of course not. He made the fatal mistake of helping the US.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, April 24th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Yemen President Vows To Quit In 30 Days”

  1. Right of the People says:

    “Later, the White House in a statement urged all parties in Yemen “to move swiftly to implement” a deal transferring power…”

    Here, I’ll finish that sentence for you,

    Later, the White House in a statement urged all parties in Yemen “to move swiftly to implement” a deal transferring power to the Muslim Brotherhood.

    Makes more sense now, doesn’t it?

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Do you think they might do that on the eve of ramadan at around midnight behind closed doors?

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