Saleh empowers deputy to sign Yemen transition deal

By REUTERS
September 12, 2011 17:56

 
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SANAA - Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has authorized his vice president to sign a power transition plan after a dialogue with the opposition, the state news agency Saba said on Monday, a move that could hasten the end of Saleh's 33-year rule.

Yet the main political opposition coalition, impatient with Saleh's repeated earlier refusals to sign the Gulf-brokered pact, expressed skepticism with the presidential decree, which called for yet more talks before any signing.

Nevertheless, the decree "irrevocably" empowered Vice President Abbd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to sign the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) plan to transfer power away from Saleh.

"(The vice president) is given the necessary constitutional authorities to conduct a dialogue with signatories of the GCC initiative and agree on a lasting mechanism to implement and sign it on (Saleh's) behalf under regional and international auspices, resulting in early presidential elections," it said.

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