Yemen opposition accepts Arab plan
Yemen: Yemen's opposition has agreed to a proposal by a regional Arab
grouping calling for the country's unpopular President to step down
within a month of signing the plan with the opposition.
The proposal, which was presented by the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation
Council ([P]GCC), grants President Ali Abdullah Saleh immunity from
prosecution in exchange for his stepping down and handing power over to
his Vice President.
On Monday, opposition spokesman Mohamed Qahtan said, "The Opposition
coalition of the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) has already submitted their
full acceptance to [P]GCC Secretary General Abdullatif bin Rashid
al-Zayani," Xinhua reported.
According to the plan, the opposition will be allowed to form an
interim national unity government after the president signs the deal.
Since late January, hundreds of thousands of people have turned out for
regular demonstrations in Yemen's biggest cities, calling for corruption
and unemployment to be tackled and demanding that the president step
down after nearly 33 years in power.
According to local sources, at least 300 protesters have been killed
and many others have been injured during clashes with riot police and
forces loyal to the Yemeni president armed with batons, knives, and
clubs. Tuesday, Presstv