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Yemen’s President Signs Off

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Posted on Nov 23, 2011
bbc.co.uk

Yemeni President Saleh signs his resignation agreement in this still taken from the BBC’s video coverage.

After enduring a couple of unsuccessful attempts to get him to sign his power away, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh finally put pen to paper Wednesday, effectively ending his 33-year tenure after months of unrest and bloodshed in his home country. In exchange, he’ll reportedly be granted three more months as a figurehead of state as well as protection from prosecution, which doesn’t sit well with his detractors.  —KA

BBC:

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.

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By Maani, November 24, 2011 at 9:11 am Link to this comment

Excuse me?  This guy would be out in three months anyway, and the Yemeni people are supposed to be grateful?  AND he gets immunity from prosecution?!  What a joke!

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By Arabian Sinbad, November 24, 2011 at 9:06 am Link to this comment

The stupidity and arrogance of those intoxicated with crooked power does not really know limits!

Ali Abdullah Saleh, one of the exposed American puppets and enemy of his own people, signs off on this trick only to save his own head. The fact that this so-called agreement is sponsored by another American puppet, the King of Saudi Arabia, is in itself the epitome of stupidity. Moreover, Saleh’s transfer of his powers to his deputy is another indication of elevating stupidity to another higher level.

The Yeminies should learn from the experience of their Egyptian brethren, whose January-February revolution was aborted by the trick of allowing the military to have their previous privileges, and thus to go through the pain of another corrective revolution just taking place right now.

This fake and tricky so-called agreement should be rejected, and the Yeminies should stop at nothing short of demanding a trial for this stupid asshole called misnomarly “Saleh” which means “Upright” or “Righteous” in Arabic.

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