Yemen leader says he'll quit, opponents doubt

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Ali Abdullah Saleh
Sanaa (Yemen), May 20: A spokesman for Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh says the embattled ruler now plans to sign an agreement to leave power, though he rejected it 24 hours earlier.

Yemen's opposition met the promise with deep scepticism, accusing Saleh of stalling.

The impoverished Gulf nation is reeling from three months of street protests demanding Saleh's ouster.

A coalition of Gulf countries tried to mediate a deal for Saleh to stand down in exchange for immunity from prosecution. But Saleh refused to sign it, prompting the chief mediator to leave Yemen on Thursday, May 19.

Saleh spokesman Ahmed al-Sufi on Friday, May 20, said Saleh would sign the agreement during a celebration on Sunday, May 22.

Opposition spokesman Mohammed al-Sabri dismissed the pledge, accusing Saleh of "playing games with time."


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