In his first major speech since returning to Yemen, President Ali Abdullah Saleh says he will step down in the coming days. He did not say exactly when and it is not the first time he has said he will resign.
“I reject power and I will leave it in the coming days and leave it behind. There are sincere men, whether military or civilian, who are capable of governing Yemen, men who have been honest to God,” he said.
Saleh made his televised speech in front of an audience of lawmakers, Yemini MP’s and Shura Council members. Afterwards they toured the presidential mosque where Saleh was injured in a bomb attack in June. He spent three months in Saudi Arabia receiving treatment before returning in September.
His troops have continued to crackdown on protesters since the uprising started in January.