Ceremony cancelled as Yemeni president refuses to sign GCC deal
The Gulf Cooperation Council stated on Sunday that a ceremony to finalze a Yemeni deal ending three months of protests against the regime has been cancelled after President Ali Abdullah Saleh refused to sign. "The ceremony that was supposed to be held (Sunday)... will not take place," said the press office of GCC secretary general Abdullatif al-Zayani.
A delegation from Saleh's ruling General People's Congress party and the opposition Common Forum coalition had been expected to leave to the Saudi capital on Sunday to sign the pact in the presence of GCC foreign ministers.
According to AFP, Zayani was in the Yemeni capital on Saturday but failed to get the Yemeni leader to sign the agreement.
Based on the deal, the Yemeni leader would submit his resignation to parliament on the 30th day after the deal, a day after the parliament would pass a law guaranteeing immunity from prosecution to Saleh and his aides.