Yemeni President Saleh signs deal on ceding power
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has signed a deal under which he will step down after months of unrest.
Mr Saleh signed the agreement, brokered by Yemen’s Gulf Arab neighbours, in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.
Under the plan, he will transfer his powers to his deputy ahead of an early election and in return will get immunity from prosecution.
But protesters rallying in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, said they would reject any deal giving the president immunity.
The demonstrators said the Gulf initiative ignored the “blood of martyrs”, BBC Arabic correspondent Abdullah Ghorab in Sanaa reports.
A crackdown on anti-government protests, which began in February, has left hundreds of people dead and thousands wounded in Yemen.
The 69-year-old leader – who has ruled since 1978 – came close to signing the deal several times in the past, only to pull out at the last minute.
Seems like the despots are learning it is better to get out while the going is good. Maybe they are a little worried they might end up like Libya’s arsehole. We only need the arsehole in Syria to do the same and the Egyptian military to get out of politics.