Yemeni president offered to step down in 30 days
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has been offered the option of stepping down after 30 days with a guarantee that he would not be prosecuted, a senior opposition source said on Thursday. Hassan Zayd, the secretary general of the Shiite Haq party, said that there is a plan for "the resignation of President Saleh and the enactment of an amnesty law" that would offer assurances he would not be prosecuted after leaving power.
"This offer awaits the president's approval," said Zayd, according to AFP.
Saleh stated on Wednesday that he would "resist" calls to quit and abide by the constitution in any transfer of power, the official Saba news agency reported.
On Thursday, Saleh welcomed of the efforts made by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries to address the crisis in the country. This came during his meeting with the GCC Secretary General Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani.
During the meeting, Al Zayani conveyed the vision of the GCC Countries Foreign Ministers to resolve the crisis in Yemen in light of the discussions carried out recently with the delegation of the ruling General People's Congress (GPC) and its allies in the National Democratic Coalition Parties (NDCPs) in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi and the delegation of the joint meeting parties (JMP) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.