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Yemeni president to stand down


The protests in the arab world are also having repurcussions in Yemen. President Ali Abdullah Saleh says he will not extend his thirty year rule when the current term expires in 2013, nor will he attempt to pass on power to his son.

But Saleh also said he is calling off elections at the end of April until an agreement has been reached on political reform.

Urging opposition parties to call off all planned protests, Saleh said he is making the concessions in the interests of the country. However the opposition say the protests will continue. A large rally due to take place tomorrow is being seen as a test of the Yemini people’s will in demanding a change of government.

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