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Saleh refuses to transfer power

08-03-2011 14:45 BJT

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A Yemeni government spokesman says President Ali Abdullah Saleh will not transfer power because of incapacity, a condition set by the Yemeni Constitution.

The spokesman also accuses a dissident military commander of leading a coup. Paul Crowe has the story.

President Saleh is being treated in Riyadh for injuries from a June attack.

Protesters in Yemen have been demanding he step down, citing that the president is incapable of fulfilling his duties.

But government spokesman Abduh al-Janadi said on Monday that Saleh's burn injuries do not mean he is incapacitated.

The spokesman also accused the dissident military commander Ali Mohsen Saleh of being behind a failed coup attempt, saying Mohsen and the opposition Islamist Islah party are trying to incite civil war in Yemen.

Abduh al-Janadi said, "We say to General Ali Mohssein Saleh, whom we all respect and appreciate, you are a man in your seventies, and it is not in your interest to meet your God with your hands stained with the blood of Yemenis. If a civil war breaks out it will destroy everything. We appeal to you in this holy month of Ramadan, and we appeal to you as brothers and on Islam and the humanity not to be the one who starts this civil war."

Al-Janadi also accuses followers of the commander and Islah party of trying to take control of the southern city of Taiz, and breaking an agreement to evacuate the city of insurgents.

President Saleh has faced six months of protests demanding an immediate end to his 33-year rule. But he's vowed to return to power and lead a national conciliation dialogue with his opponents soon.

Saleh on Sunday delivered a speech, calling on the opposition to restart the Gulf-mediated dialogue to end the prolonged political crisis.


Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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