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Yemeni vice president orders rival forces to withdraw from Sanaa Saturday

12-15-2011 09:29 BJT Special Report:Yemen’s Saleh Signs Power Transfer Deal |

SANAA, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- Yemeni Vice President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi on Wednesday ordered government forces and the opposition militants to withdraw from the streets of capital Sanaa as of Saturday in accordance to Gulf-brokered power-transfer deal, official Saba news agency reported.

"We want to emphasize the need to end presence of the rival forces from the streets of Sanaa as of Saturday," Saba quoted Hadi as telling a national military affairs committee formed earlier this month in line with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) initiative to oversee the forces' withdrawal.

"The Interior Ministry should also bear the responsibility to begin to remove all roadblocks and secure repairing the oil pipelines as well as restore electricity supply from Saturday," Hadi said.

Hundreds of people have been killed over months-long clashes in Sanaa between forces loyal to outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the defected army along with the opposition armed tribesmen. Tension in Sanaa relatively calmed down since Saleh signed the GCC initiative and transferred power to his deputy Hadi last month.

According to Saba, UN envoy to Yemen Jamal bin Omar, who is overseeing the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 2014 and the GCC initiative, attended the meeting.

Bin Omar called on the committee to work to prevent any further violation of human rights and any use of violence, stressing the importance of completing the political compromise plan based on the GCC initiative and its implementation mechanism.

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Abdul-Qader Mohamed Qahtan ordered Wednesday the release of all detainees held for involving in anti- government protests that began in January, Saba said.

On Nov. 23, Saleh's party, General People's Congress, and the opposition Joint Meeting Parties signed the power-transfer initiative in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, in an attempt to end the domestic crisis.

Under the deal, early presidential elections in Yemen are set to be held on Feb. 21, 2012, while Saleh retains the title of honorary president for 90 days before his resignation and is granted immunity from prosecution.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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