The opposition in Yemen has set a two-week deadline for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to quit, turning down a Gulf-backed proposal to end the country's political crisis. "We have renewed our emphasis on the need for speeding the process of (Saleh) standing down within two weeks. Therefore we will not go to Riyadh," Mohammed al-Mutawakkil, a prominent opposition figure, said on Thursday.
The mediation proposal calls on Saleh to transfer power to his deputy. It also includes immunity from prosecution for Saleh and his family. "The initiative does not clearly mention the immediate departure of the head of the regime and it did not touch on the fate of his relatives who are at the top military and security agencies that continue killing the peaceful protesters," the anti-government Civil Alliance of the Youth Revolution said in a statement.