A senior official has said that Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh will respond “positively” to an opposition plan which would see him leave power.
Yemen’s opposition coalition has proposed a five-point roadmap. The framework would pave the way for Saleh to step down by the end of this year. But many remain sceptical and are calling on him to go now.
Saleh is a key US ally against al Qaeda. He has governed Yemen for 32 years.
But unrest in the country – the poorest in the Arab world – was galvanised by the successful uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.
Some say Saleh’s previous offer to step down in 2013 was nothing more than a manoeuvre to stave off more trouble.