Some scepticism surrounds the latest deal in Yemen said to have been agreed between its president of 33 years and the opposition, which would allow Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down safely, within one month. This comes after three months of anti-Saleh protests.
Media in the Arabian Peninsula region reported that the signing was imminent. An opposition official said: “After a date has been agreed between both sides, Saleh will have one month to leave and his safety will be guaranteed.”
A Yemeni political analyst said the agreement would reduce the potential for clashes between military units loyal to Saleh and those backing the protesters.
The head of the Gulf Cooperation Council of Yemen’s wealthy oil-exporting neighbours, with help from US and European diplomats, has been in Sanaa trying to convince both sides to sign the Gulf-led deal.
Saleh’s street critics want the 69-year-old leader out immediately.
The United States and Saudi Arabia, both targets of foiled attacks from al Qaeda terrorists in Yemen, are keen to see an end to the political stalemate there, fearing that continued chaos could give the militants more operating room.