Saleh Has Agreed to Hand Over Powers to Vice-President
AND Kronos International
August 10, 2011
Yemen’s president Ali Abdullah Saleh has supposedly agreed to step down. The shift comes after the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday which called for an urgent transfer of power in Yemen. Power will shift to the Vice President Abd Rabbo Mansur Hadi who has been running the government since Saleh has been convalescing in the Saudi Arabia capital from an injury sustained in an assassination attempt in early June.
The opposition movement welcomes the UN Security Council’s call for a transfer of power. “A transition plan brokered by the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council has been moribund since Saleh last avoided signing it in May, triggering fighting between his forces and those of the al-Ahmar family.” News of the agreement was cited by an unnamed diplomat from the region.