With thousands rallying for and against his rule, Yemen’s President has called for early elections.
But while supporters gave a rapturous reception to Ali Abdullah Saleh in the capital Sanaa, sceptics doubt his sincerity.
It is not the first time he has urged that polls be brought forward but on this occasion he gave no details. Hence opposition fears it could simply be a ploy to buy him more time.
Anti-Saleh protesters are increasingly frustrated that their more than three months of rallies have failed to end his nearly 33 years in power. More than 170 people have reportedly been killed since the unrest began.
Saleh has twice backed out of a Gulf-Arab brokered transition agreement. A third attempt to ink the deal could be made on Sunday.