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Yemenis Continue Demanding Departure of Saleh, White House Urges the Dictator to Agree on Transition
May 19, 2011
Yemenis urge end to Saleh's support
Press TV, Fri May 20, 2011 10:24AM
Anti-regime protesters in Yemen have called on Saudi Arabia and its
(Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council ([P]GCC) allies to stop supporting
President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Protests continue in Yemeni cities
Press TV, Thu May 19, 2011 11:13PM
Yemeni protesters (file photo) Anti-regime protesters have taken to
the streets across Yemen, demanding President Ali Abdullah Saleh's
ouster and trial for crimes he has committed.
White House official urges Yemeni president to sign agreement for transition
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2011 (Xinhua) --
A top White House official on Wednesday urged Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to sign and implement a Gulf Cooperation Council-brokered agreement for the country to "move forward immediately with its political transition. "
John Brennan, President Barack Obama's top advisor on homeland security and counterterrorism, called Saleh and noted that the transfer of power "represents the best path forward for Yemen to become a more secure, unified and prosperous nation and for the Yemeni people to realize their aspirations for peace and political reform," the White House said.
It said that Brennan affirmed the commitment of the United States to "stand with the Yemeni government and people as they implement this historic agreement, foster economic development, and combat the security threat from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)."
Brennan also called on all parties in Yemen to "refrain from violence and proceed with the transition in a peaceful and orderly manner," the White House said.
Gulf Cooperation Council chief Abdulatif al-Zayani left Yemen's capital of Sanaa on Wednesday after his five-day visit failed again to secure a peaceful power-transition agreement between Saleh and the opposition.
The deal, pressed by Western and Gulf mediators, would have secured Saleh's agreement to leave office within 30 days after signing the document in exchange for immunity from prosecution, thus paving the way for a new government to be formed by the opposition within seven days, which in turn should arrange presidential and parliamentary elections within 60 days.
Saleh, who has been facing growing calls for his resignation in anti-government protests since mid-February, refused to sign the deal on April 30.
The United States, which has relied on Saleh to fight the Yemen- based AQAP, has expressed concern about the growing violence in the country.
Gulf mediator leaves Yemen without securing power- transition deal
SANAA, May 18, 2011 (Xinhua) --
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) chief Abdulatif al-Zayani left Yemen's capital of Sanaa on Wednesday after apparently failing, during his five-day visit, to secure a peaceful power-transition agreement between President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the opposition, a Yemeni official said.
"Al-Zayani left following the refusal by the opposition's representatives to meet their counterparts of Saleh's ruling party for talking about the arrangements of the next period after both inked the GCC deal," the official of the presidential palace told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Another government official said al-Zayani left after he failed to secure the signing of the agreement as the opposition refused to meet the demand of Saleh to replace its representative Mohamed Basundowa with the opposition rotating chairman Yaseen Saieed Noman.
"Because Saleh said Basundowa did not represent the opposition, " the official said.
Opposition spokesman Mohamed Qahtan refused to comment on the issue, but saying "we (opposition) have agreed on everything and we told that to al-Zayani ... and we are waiting for Saleh to sign the deal first, so we will then sign it too."
The deal, pressed by Western and Gulf mediators, stipulated that Saleh would leave office within 30 days after signing the deal in exchange for immunity from prosecution, and the new government, to be formed by the opposition within seven days, should arrange the presidential and parliamentary elections in 60 days.
However, the step stalled after Saleh refused to sign the deal on April 30.
One killed in clashes between republican guards, tribesmen in Yemen: tribal source
SANAA, May 18, 2011 (Xinhua) --
At least one people was killed and several others injured in clashes between tribesmen and forces of the Republican Guards in east of Yemeni capital of Sanaa on Wednesday, a tribal source told Xinhua.
The clashes erupted in Nihm district between anti-government armed tribesmen of Nihm and forces of the Republican Guards, killing one tribesman and injuring several others, the source said on condition of anonymity.
He said the Republican Guards' forces used heavy weapons in shelling the anti-government tribesmen.
Last week, the forces of the Republican Guards and the same tribesmen clashed after the latter intercepted a brigade of the former under a pretext of preventing the forces from moving towards the southeastern province of Hadramout to quell anti- government protests there, according to local tribal sources.
Three-month-long street protests and political deadlock between Saleh's ruling party and the opposition have almost brought the country on the verge of security and economic collapse.
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