Protestors Victorious In Yemen; President Saleh Agrees To Step Down
Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh has agreed to step down after a 32-year reign.
A day earlier, protesters staged the largest of two months of demonstrations, filling a five-lane boulevard across the capital with a sea of hundreds of thousands of people. A deadly crackdown by government forces and Saleh supporters has killed more than 130 people and prompted key allies to abandon the president and join the protesters.
The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, which includes powerful Saudi Arabia, has been seeking to broker an end to the crisis in the fragile and impoverished nation on the southern edge of the Arabian peninsula.
The opposition movement, fed up with poverty and corruption under Saleh, said they object to an article in the GCC draft that gives parliament, which is dominated by Saleh’s party, the right to reject the president’s resignation.
State TV reported that Yemen’s foreign minister delivered the government’s acceptance to mediators on Saturday.
Demonstrators have taken to the streets since January, and it was ultimately pressure from other Arab states that convinced Saleh to accept a deal.Click here for reuse options!
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