Yemen’s Saleh Signs Deal to Cede Power
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh reportedly signed a Gulf Cooperation Council-brokered deal on Wednesday that will end his more than three-decade rule and bring peace to the Middle Eastern country.
According to CNN, the deal, which was signed in Saudi Arabia, will see the 69-year-old ruler turn over power to Vice-President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. In return for what Saleh called should be a “peaceful and democratic” transfer of power, the longtime leader will not be prosecuted. “We aspire with confidence to the brothers in Saudi Arabia … to review, help and oversee the implementation of the accord and the operational mechanism,” Saleh said according to Reuters. Also part of the deal was for Saleh to retain the title of president in the next three months, the same period given to the incoming government to hold elections.
The deal with Saleh is seen as key to end the 10-month uprising in the country, although it is still not known how the outgoing president’s allies will react to the development.