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Fresh political deal on the table for Yemen president

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Fresh political deal on the table for Yemen president


A new proposal hammered out at a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council could bring an end to the political crisis in Yemen. It calls for a three month transition period ending with a presidential election.

President Ali Abdullah Saleh has told his supporters he will not seek re-election when his term expires in 2013. The latest proposals would see him cede power much sooner and has, according to reports, been welcomed by those close to him.

More than two months of demonstrations against the president’s 32-year rule have rocked the Arabian peninsula. The details of the proposals include Saleh stepping down and handing over powers to his vice president.

The plan requires the formation of a new unity government headed by someone from the opposition who would be appointed by the president while the make up of the government would be split with the current opposition taking 40 percent.

Saleh, his family and close aids would be granted immunity from legal prosecution. There has been no clear response yet from the opposition.

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