Yemeni President Agree to step down

Yemeni President Agree to step down

Ibb : Yemen | Apr 24, 2011 at 6:47 PM PDT
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Yemen's Saleh to quit but protests continue

Sana'a - Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh agreed to resign within a few weeks in return for immunity from punishment, so that he would become the third Arab leader who toppled this year by protests in the street.
However, the protesters, who had come down to the streets in the number of tens of thousands for months to demand an end to almost 33 years in power, said they would not end the demonstrations on the streets until he actually put the position forever.

Many demonstrators are demanding the overthrow of Saleh have been killed in recent months of unrest among the younger generation who were inspired by the rebellion Yemen across North Africa and the Middle East, which dropped the leader in Tunisia and Egypt.

"There's still a month until the president resigned and we suspect he could change his mind every time. We will not leave the arena until Saleh go, and we achieved our goal to establish a modern federal state," said Mohammed Mr Sharafi, one activist demonstrators, Sunday (24/04/2011).

Ibrahim al-Ba'adani, an opposition activists in the city of IBB, said was surprised that the official opposition has accepted the principle of immunity for Saleh. "We will continue to launch sit-in until the president left," he said.

Yemen, with 23 million residents, is one of the poorest countries in the Arab world and protesters accuse of corruption and wrong Saleh ruled for decades in power. Saleh took over the position in North Yemen in 1978 and lead it into a separate state unification with South Yemen in 1990.

In recent years, Saleh positioning himself as an ally of the United States against al-Qaeda, while fighting Shiite militants in the northern part of the country and the separatists in the south.

But after years of support as a bulwark against instability Saleh and Al-Qaeda's branch activities in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the United States began pressing Saleh to negotiate the handover of power.

Opponents accuse him of using the security crisis that persists in the country to strengthen the circle inside. Harsh repression of demonstrations in the streets only adds to the anger of protesters.

On Saturday (23/04/2011), Yemen's ruling party and opposition have said they have received the plans for the president to resign in a few weeks and given immunity from punishment.

A plan drawn up by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which consists of Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, Saleh proposed hand over power to his vice president a month after the agreement was signed with the opposition and given immunity from prosecution for himself, family and aides.

"Ruling party told the GCC foreign ministers about their acceptance of the full plan the Gulf," said party spokesman, Tariq Sh

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Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Friday offered to form a national unity government with the opposition
Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Friday offered to form a national unity government with the opposition
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