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Yemenis joyful but wary as Saleh steps down

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Yemenis joyful but wary as Saleh steps down


Yemenis have been celebrating the announcement that their president is to step down, but have vowed to maintain their street protests until Ali Abdullah Saleh is finally out of office.

After so many false promises there was unbridled joy on the streets of the capital Sanaa. Saleh had pulled out of earlier agreements to stand down at the last minute.

But, while there is huge relief many want Saleh to face justice. One woman celebrating in Sanaa said: “We’re not interested in the signing of this initiative, which ensures immunity for murder and serial killing. We’re concerned with the pure blood of our martyrs, who brought us this historic moment in Yemen, and helped build a new Yemen.”

Under the terms of the deal, Saleh has agreed to transfer powers immediately to his deputy in advance of a new presidential election expected within three months.

After 33 years in power Saleh is now set to become the fourth leader forced out during the Arab Spring.

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