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Yemeni Prez Won’t Seek Another Term

From a gleeful Associated Press:

Yemeni president says he won’t seek another term

February 2, 2011

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The Yemeni president told parliament on Wednesday he will not seek another term in office or hand power to his son — an apparent reaction to protests in this impoverished nation that have been inspired by Tunisia’s revolt and the turmoil in Egypt.

The U.S.-allied Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has been in power for nearly 32 years, spoke to lawmakers in both houses of the assembly on the eve of mass rallies that the opposition has called for Thursday in all Yemeni provinces.

"I won’t seek to extend my presidency for another term or have my son inherit it," Saleh told the parliament

This is becoming so contagious we half expect Barack Hussein Obama to announce that he is finally going to listen to the will of the people and not seek re-election. He might even promise that he won’t hand over power to Michelle Obama.

We can dream, can’t we?

Saleh’s current term in office expires in 2013 but proposed amendments to the constitution could let him remain in power for two additional terms of ten years

That sounds almost Bloomberg-ish.

In the parliament Wednesday, Saleh called upon the opposition to meet for a dialogue on political reforms and their demands.

Opposition spokesman Mohammed al-Sabri rejected the call for dialogue and expressed doubts about Saleh’s pledge not to seek re-election. Al-Sabri said Saleh made a similar promise in 2006, but then failed to fulfill it, ran again and was re-elected.

Definitely Bloomberg-ian.

"The calls for dialogue are not serious and are merely meant to be tranquilizers," al-Sabri told The Associated Press. He added that the opposition parties would meet later Wednesday to prepare an official response to Saleh’s announcement.

Yemen is the Arab world’s most impoverished nation and has become a haven for al-Qaida militants. Saleh’s government is riddled with corruption, has little control outside the capital, and its main source of income — oil — could run dry in a decade.

Nearly half of Yemen’s population lives below the poverty line of $2 a day and doesn’t have access to proper sanitation. Less than a tenth of the roads are paved. Tens of thousands have been displaced from their homes by conflict, flooding the cities. The country is enduring a rebellion in the north and a secessionist movement in the south

Perhaps Yemen will install a Guantanamo alumnus as their next head of government. Then everyone – especially our media – will be happy.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Yemeni Prez Won’t Seek Another Term”

  1. canary says:

    protests in Yemen on Jan 27. This and now protests in Palestine & Syrains shows a well planned “Day of Rage” .

    Didn’t the Black Panthers and Bill Ayers weather underground coin their revolution the “Day of Rage”

    The Haaretz
    Feb 2 2011
    Saleh’s remarks came a day before a planned large opposition rally, dubbed a “Day of Rage”, seen as a barometer of the size and strength of the Yemeni people’s will to follow Egyptians and Tunisians in demanding a change of government.

    “I call on the opposition to freeze all planned protests, rallies and sit-ins,” Saleh said. “I call on the opposition after this initiative to come and form a national unity government in spite of the ruling party majority. We will not allow chaos. We will not allow destruction.”


    AP: Syrians call for protests on Facebook and Twitter
    Elizabeth A. Kennedy Feb 1, 2011

    BEIRUT – Syrians are organizing campaigns on Facebook and Twitter that call for a “day of rage” in Damascus this week, taking inspiration from Egypt and Tunisia in using social networking sites to rally their followers for sweeping political reforms.

    The main Syrian protest page on Facebook is urging people to protest in Damascus on Feb. 4 and 5 for “a day of rage.”

    Protests in Gaza strip begin, West Bank ready to follow

    Haaretz: Hamas worried upheaval in Arab world will spill into Gaza
    By Avi Issacharoff Feb 2 2011

    Gaza police disperse rally showing solidarity with Egyptian protesters….

    Several thousand people have joined the Facebook group calling for a protest against Hamas rule in the Gaza Strip. Another Facebook group is calling for protests against the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.

    … Police officers dressed in civilian clothing arrested six women and detained some 20 others…

    The women were taken to a police station, where policewomen insulted them and slapped one of them…

    Also as a result of the upheaval in Egypt, several Palestinians held in Egyptian jails have escaped to the Gaza Strip, or are making their way there.

    Unconfirmed reports state that Ayman Nofal, a senior figure in the military wing of Hamas, is one of the escaped prisoners.


  2. GetBackJack says:

    Somebody’s little hands have been busy busy busy all across the region.

    If I lived in Israel, I’d be building a bomb proof safe room right about now.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    BTW, Canary – you keep reporting this sort of thing and you’re going to be in big trouble with Gawker and Huffington Post and Daily Kos. The narrative, dear Canary, is that only idiot far right reactionary tools see this democratic uprising as anything other than a lawful demonstration by The People against the strangling hegemony of those dictators and tyrants too long propped up by the capitalist West.

    Watch your six, bro.

  4. P. Aaron says:

    REAL reason for stepping down: “I want to spend more time with my family”.

  5. Papa Louie says:

    The dominoes are falling, and the unintended consequences are going to be staggering; both for Israel and for the price of energy around the world. The price of energy is going to “necessarily sky-rocket.” (Maybe it’s not so unintentional after all.)

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