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GCC Tries to Broker Saleh Deal



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This is the fourth attempt, but this one looks like it has a chance of working — if the demonstrators will accept it. Via the New York Times

 

The arrangement calls for the president to hand over power immediately and step down in 30 days, and sets up new presidential elections 60 days later, a Yemeni official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. It also calls for an immediate end to protests.

The plan was finalized after council members and Yemeni officials met for two days in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. It adheres in part to a draft promoted by the United States and the European Union, which also allows immunity from prosecution for Mr. Saleh and his family…

 

An opposition leader, ‪Mohammed Abdulmalik al-Mutawakil‬, said that another reservation about the new proposal was its lack of clarity over what would happen to the divisions of the army that the president’s son and nephews control. An overwhelming distrust of Mr. Saleh colors the debate.

“The first thing is that no one trusts him at all,” Mr. Mutawakil said. “Who can guarantee that everything will be carried out?”

 



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