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Washington urges Saleh to hand over power

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Washington urges Saleh to hand over power


The US has added its voice to those urging Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down.

Washington’s top counter terrorism official John Brennan called on him to sign a transition plan which will facilitate Saleh’s resignation.

The Yemeni leader is currently in Saudi Arabia receiving treatment after an attack on his compound last month.

Back home in the Yemeni capital, protests are continuing. Eight people were killed in two separate incidents in clashes with the military in the ongoing security vacuum.

Many Yemenis view Saleh’s departure to Saudi Arabia as a victory for their six-month old popular uprising. But despite international pressure the president continues to cling on to power.

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