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Transition plan fails to halt Yemeni protests

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Transition plan fails to halt Yemeni protests


There has been a sceptical response from anti-government protesters in Yemen to news that a deal to remove President Saleh might be around the corner.

Both government and opposition have accepted a Gulf Arab transition plan that could see Saleh out of office within months.

But demonstrators said they will ramp up their street protests because the president’s inner-circle could still scupper the deal.

Protester Mohammad Abdel Hamid al-Sharbani said: ‘Ali Saleh is a liar. We don’t believe him. He has been lying for more than 30 years. He has never been truthful about anything.’

Fellow protester Wadi al-Najar added: ‘The Gulf plan for Yemen is a joke at the expense of the youth revolution, because the Gulf Cooperation Council want us to concede our main demand that the regime is removed. That is what has brought us out of our homes.’

The plan sets out a timetable for Saleh’s swift resignation after 32 years in power. But that depends on signing an agreement with the opposition. Some protesters point out that leaves plenty of time for things to go wrong.

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