Yemen's Saleh calls for early elections

SANAA - Yemen's entrenched President Ali Abdullah Saleh called for early presidential elections in a speech to a pro-government rally on Friday, though he gave no details on when or how the election would take place.
"We call for an early presidential election to prevent bloodshed ... in a smooth and democratic way," Saleh told a cheering crowd of supporters.
Saleh has been under growing pressure from Gulf Arab and Western diplomats seeking his signature to a power transition deal, twice derailed since April.
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