Monday, June 6, 2011

Opponents agree ceasefire in Yemen

The departure of the Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, successfully operated in Saudi Arabia after being wounded on Friday in the bombing of the presidential palace in Sanaa, was celebrated by tens of thousands of people but leaves little doubt about who is now in power. Responsible for the bombing that wounded the president, the powerful Hashed tribal chief, Sadek al-Ahmar, agreed to a cease-fire conditions, as well as evacuation of public buildings occupied by their supporters in Sana'a.

Throughout the day, in the capital and Taez, 270 km southwest of Sana'a, the "youth revolution" held Saleh's departure as the "fall of the regime." "Today was born a new Yemen" chanted dozens of young people in the place where they make a permanent vigil near the University of Sana'a. But the president, in power for 33 years, intends to return to the Yemeni capital.

Will in two weeks when it comes to an end the period of convalescence. Evacuated on Saturday to Riyadh for medical care, Saleh was subjected to "two operations that were successful: the first was to extract a sliver (of shell) of the chest and the second was a neurosurgical operation in the neck," said responsible who requested anonymity.

"The next step will be a cosmetic surgery." But his hospitalization in Riyadh plan leaves questions about who bears the power in Yemen. According to the Yemeni Constitution, the vice president, Abdel Rabo Mansour Hadi, should lead the country during the absence of head of state, but so far there was no statement to that effect.

After four months of protests bloodily suppressed by Saleh's regime, the revolt took another dimension on 23 May with the onset of heavy fighting in Sana'a between forces loyal to President and supporters of the Hashed tribe. These battles have caused dozens of deaths in recent days. On May 22, Ali Abdullah Saleh for the third time refused to sign the transition plan proposed by the Gulf Council intended to obtain his resignation in 30 days in exchange for immunity.

The Yemeni president rejected the plan agreed since last April 24, despite pressure from mediators to the president leaves office. Saleh has repeated the argument that Al Qaeda militants could fill a political and security vacuum that could be if he left, in a televised speech, which blamed the opposition for the failure of the plan.

The Gulf Council Saleh offered immunity from court if he agreed the deal after 33 years of government. During the weekend, Bush loyalists surrounded the UAE embassy, where they were gathered representatives of several nations working to resolve the crisis.

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