Yemeni leader Saleh ready to step down within 30 days

April 24th, 2011 - 12:40 pm ICT by ANI  

Saana, Apr 24 (ANI): Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has finally agreed to step down within 30 days, and hand over power to his deputy on the condition of being given immunity from prosecution.

Yemeni Deputy Minister of Information Abdu al-Janadi declared that the government has accepted proposals for Saleh to step down, the Daily Mail reports.

The plan, negotiated by Gulf Arab mediators, is an outcome of the massive protests in the country against his 32 years of reign.

The protest movement demanding Saleh’s immediate departure said that it accepted the latest draft of the deal but with reservations.

Yemen has seen the largest demonstration over the two months period on Friday, with reports saying that thousands of protestors marched to voice out against saleh in Saana.

Those demanding Saleh’s resignation branded the day as ‘Last Chance Friday’, while his loyalists called it a ‘Reconciliation Friday’.

The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, including Saudi Arabia, has been seeking to broker an end to the political crisis in the impoverished country.

The opposition movement that is fed up with poverty and corruption under the rule of Saleh, however, have objected to an article in the GCC draft that gives parliament, which is dominated by Saleh’s party, the right to reject the president’s resignation. (ANI)

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