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Yemeni president arrives in Saudi Arabia to sign U.S.-backed deal that would exchange his power for
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Edited on Wed Nov-23-11 11:29 AM by dipsydoodle
Source: Daily Mail

Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh arrived in Saudi Arabia today to sign a U.S.-backed power transfer deal mediated by Gulf Arab states to resolve the impoverished country's crisis, Yemen's state television reported.

Saleh has repeatedly promised to sign the Gulf-brokered agreement, only to change his mind every time.

Under the deal, Saleh would step down and transfer power to the vice president in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

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Yemeni president signs deal to transfer power.

SANAA, Yemen (AP) Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has signed an agreement to transfer power to his vice president.

Saleh was shown on Arabic satellite television stations Wednesday signing a proposal by his country's powerful Gulf Arab neighbors to end his country's 9-month old uprising.

Saudi state TV showed a smiling Saleh sitting next to Saudi King Abdullah in the Saudi capital Riyadh as he signed four copies of the proposal. He then clapped briefly.

The plan calls for a power transfer to Saleh's vice president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, within 30 days and early presidential elections within 90 days of the signing. It also calls for a two-year transition period.
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