Yemen

Yemen’s Ali Abdullah Saleh to (finally) step down from power?

Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh is in Saudi Arabia this week to put the finishing touches to a US-backed plan that would see him step down from power. And this time, he really means it…

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the US, the UN and several European nations have all been involved in negotiations to secure Saleh’s resignation. This will be the fourth time he has come close to signing such a deal, but on the three previous occasions he ultimately did not go through with the plan.

Saleh has long said that he is willing to step down, but opposition groups have accused him of stalling. The last time he spurned a deal, massive conflict broke out across the country. Saleh had to go to Saudi Arabia to receive treatment for injuries sustained in an attack on his compound.

About Sarah Bosdiccia

Sarah Bosdiccia is a writer, journalist, blogger and editorial assistant. In the past, she has worked in the local newspaper business and has taught journalism modules at undergraduate level. She doesn't 'do' Facebook but you can follow her at @sarah_bosdiccia.

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