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'Yemeni Opposition Distrust Arab Plan'

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TEHRAN, April 13 (ICANA) – Yemeni opposition parties have voiced concern over a proposal which urges President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down and transfer power to his deputy.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 11:18:46 AM
'Yemeni Opposition Distrust Arab Plan'

Opposition spokesman Mohammed Qahtan said on Tuesday the parties had concerns over the phrase “transfer of power,” which does not specify the timeframe for Saleh's departure.

Persian Gulf Arab states offered the proposal, although protesters and the opposition are demanding an immediate exit.

The opposition on Monday rejected the Arab mediation proposal on grounds that it offers Saleh protection from future prosecution.

A statement from Saleh's office said on Monday he has no reservations about transferring power peacefully within the framework of the constitution.

A transfer of power could technically last until the next presidential election scheduled for 2013.

The Yemeni president, who has been in power since 1978, has offered new parliamentary and presidential elections this year as part of political reforms, but says he should stay in power to oversee the change or hand over to what he calls “safe hands.”

Tens of thousands gathered in the streets of Sana'a, Taiz, Hudaida, Ibb and the southeastern province of Hadramaut on Monday to protest against the Arab plan.

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