CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Yemen's influential clerics urge VP to form post-Saleh interim ruling council

06-19-2011 09:05 BJT

Some 108 Yemeni clerics Saturday urged wounded President Ali Abdullah Saleh, being treated in Riyadh, to relinquish power and called on the acting president to form transitional council and hold presidential elections within 60 days.

"We called on those officials who are familiar with the real situation of Saleh's health condition to reveal the fact to the Yemeni people, especially after Vice President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi was assigned as acting president in accordance to the Yemeni constitution," they said in a statement, obtained by Xinhua.

"Therefore, the acting president should form an interim ruling council to run the country in the post-Saleh period and prepare to hold presidential elections within 60 days," the influential clerics said in the statement they released following a gathering with opposition leaders and powerful tribal leaders.

Saleh, 69, was injured in an bomb attack that hit his palace on June 3. A day later he was airlifted to the Saudi capital for treatment. Government officials have constantly reaffirming that Saleh's health condition is improving and he would return back within days.

However, some foreign diplomats in Sanaa said that wounded President Saleh is due to transfer power officially to his vice president Hadi within two weeks.

The embattled president has confronted five-month-long protests demanding immediate end to his 33-year rule, triggering fierce clashes between protesters and his supporters that left hundreds of people dead.

The clerics included Yemen's most powerful Islamic scholar Sheik Adbul-Majid al-Zindani, who is regarded by the U.S. as a spiritual mentor of late Osama Bin Laden.

In the statement, the clerics also repeated their rejection to any foreign military interference on the Yemeni soil, in reference to the U.S.-run unmanned drones that sporadically raided terrorist groups in south Yemen, warning of implementing their months-old fatwa (religious order) of waging holy war against meddling country.

Editor:Sun Luying |Source: Xinhua

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program