Saleh insists on early elections
Following his first speech since returning to his homeland, President Ali Abdullah Saleh confirmed on Sunday that his deputy is authorized to sign a transfer-of-power deal that would lead to early presidential elections. In a speech that was aired Sunday night on state-run Yemen TV, the Yemeni leader said “we are committed” to the Gulf initiative.
"Let's all go towards dialogue, understanding and peaceful exchange of power through elections and early presidential elections," he said.
Saleh also disclosed that he would have to leave Yemen again for medical treatment.