Yemeni President Saleh signs deal on ceding power..heads to New York
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has signed a deal under which he will step down after months of unrest.
Mr Saleh signed the agreement, brokered by Yemen’s Gulf Arab neighbours, in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.
Under the plan, he will transfer his powers to his deputy ahead of an early election and in return will get immunity from prosecution.
But protesters rallying in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, said they would reject any deal giving the president immunity.
The demonstrators said the Gulf initiative ignored the “blood of martyrs”, BBC Arabic correspondent Abdullah Ghorab in Sanaa reports.
A crackdown on anti-government protests, which began in February, has left hundreds of people dead and thousands wounded in Yemen.
The 69-year-old leader – who has ruled since 1978 – came close to signing the deal several times in the past, only to pull out at the last minute.
Meanwhile, clashes broke out between pro-Saleh troops and gunmen loyal to dissident chief Sheikh Sadiq al-Ahmar in Sanaa on Wednesday.
No casualties were immediately reported in the fighting in Sanaa’s al-Hasaba district.
YEMEN’S President Ali Abdullah Saleh will seek medical treatment in New York after signing a deal which effectively ended his 33-year rule, UN leader Ban Ki-moon says.
“He told me clearly that he will hand over all powers,” Ban said at the UN headquarters today as Saleh signed an exit deal in the Saudi capital.
“He told me that he would come to New York after signing the agreement to have medical treatment,” Ban added, giving details of a telephone conversation today.
Saleh has already been treated in Saudi Arabia for wounds sustained in an attack on his palace on June 3, but it was not known why the 69-year-old president would consult doctors in the United States.
“If he comes to New York I will be happy to meet him,” the UN secretary general added, saying he was “encouraged by the positive development of the situation in Yemen.”
he has to go to new york to receive his payoff..i hope this stops the trouble in yemen but i dont believe it will..its a bit deeper than just getting saleh quitting..