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US, EU mediate new deal to solve Yemen's political deadlock: diplomat

04-17-2011 09:04 BJT

SANAA, April 16 (Xinhua) -- A Yemeni diplomat on Saturday unveiled that a new deal was sponsored by the United States and European Union to solve the Yemeni crisis within 30 days.

The U.S. and EU ambassadors to Yemen submitted on Friday a fresh conciliation deal in order to activate the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) plan, proposing President Ali Abdullah Saleh to hand over power within 30 days to a new deputy appointed by him, the diplomat told Xinhua, requesting anonymity.

The deal also stated that Saleh, along with his sons and nephews should leave the country with a guarantee of not being prosecuted.

Meanwhile, Yemeni independent daily newspaper Al-Ola reported on Saturday that "President Saleh had decided to nominate Prime Minister Ali Mujawar or deputy Prime Minister Rashad al-Alimy to be new vice president, and said he would announce his resignation in 30 days after he ensured that he would not be prosecuted later. "

According to the report, which based on unnamed sources, the new vice president who receives the power from Saleh would form a new transitional government, which would be headed by an official from the opposition, and then Saleh along with his relatives would leave the country.

The six-nation GCC on April 10 called for President Saleh to transfer power to his deputy and enable the opposition JMP to lead a transitional national unity government in their final statement.

The final statement, which was issued in Riyadh following a meeting of the foreign ministers of GCC states and Yemen, said that after the opposition JMP forms the transitional government, it will be authorized to write a new constitution and prepare for holding elections.

Yemen has been witnessing daily anti-government protests across major provinces since mid-February, which resulted in a political crisis that undermined security and stability situations in the country.



Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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