Reuters reports that President Ali Abdallah Saleh of Yemen on Wednesday finally signed a deal with the Yemeni oppostion about the transfer of power. Yemeni state television showed live coverage of the ceremony in the Saudi capital Riyad. The opposition already agreed to the deal in March, after it had been brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council. But Saleh broke no less than three times his promises to go along. This fourth time, however, he finally put his signature under an agreement, the final details of which had been worked out on Monday evening, as the Yemen Post wrote.
The deal will see him leave office in 30 days, making way for Vice President Abedrabbo Mansur Hadi to negotiate a power transfer with the opposition. Saleh will now seek medical treatment in New York, UN leader Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday. "If he comes to New York I will be happy to meet him," the secretary general added, saying he was "encouraged by the positive development of the situation in Yemen."
|Vice-President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi|
|Saleh as a young officer.|
A US diplomatic cable in 2009 released by WikiLeaks spoke of a leader who had grown increasingly autocratic. It quoted Saleh's cousin Mohammed al-Qadhi as saying that "since 1994, he decided that he was the only man capable of making decisions in this country."