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Transition plan accepted by Yemen's ruling party

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The ruling party in Yemen has accepted ‘in full’ the terms of proposals by Gulf Arab states to transfer power away from President Ali Abdullah Saleh after 32 years of rule.
  
Under the Gulf Cooperation Council proposals Saleh will hand power to the vice-president one month after an agreement is signed with the opposition. But he and his family would be granted immunity from prosecution.
 
Scores of people have been killed in the uprising that has now entered its third month. It was inspired by movements in Tunisia and Egypt that were successful in toppling leaders there.
 
The opposition in Yemen also welcomed the main elements of the initiative though it said it will not participate in a national unity government. It had also previously said that it would oppose any amnesty for Saleh.

The United States welcomed the move. “We encourage all parties to move swiftly to implement the terms of the agreement so that the Yemeni people can soon realise the security, unity and prosperity that they have so courageously sought and so richly deserve,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement.