Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

Exiled family returns to Somaliland

Read more

DEBATE

Whose boots on the ground? Turkey wary of Syrian Kurds (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Whose boots on the ground? Turkey wary of Syrian Kurds

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Dacian Ciolos, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

EU-US free trade agreement: A bad deal for European consumers?

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Somali president

Read more

ENCORE!

Tony Allen: Putting the 'beat' in Afrobeat

Read more

REPORTERS

Uruguay: President Mujica’s social revolution

Read more

FOCUS

Video: Turkey ‘turns blind eye’ to border-crossing jihadists

Read more

Middle east

Yemen sets presidential vote for early 2012

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-11-27

Yemen will hold presidential elections in February after President Ali Abdullah Saleh (pictured) steps down. Saleh returned to Yemen on Sunday after agreeing earlier this week to leave office following months of unrest.

AFP - President Ali Abdullah Saleh returned to Yemen overnight from Riyadh, where he signed a deal to step down under which a new presidential poll is take place in February, state news agency Saba reported.

Under the accord, the election is to be held on February 21, replacing Saleh who has been in power for more than three decades but faced 10 months of massive anti-regime protests.

Saba did not specify if the president underwent new medical tests in the Saudi capital where he received treatment earlier this year after being wounded in a June bomb attack on the presidential compound in Sanaa.

Vice President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi, to whom Saleh handed power under the Gulf-mediated accord, announced the polling date in a decree Saturday, confirming the election would be brought forward from 2013.

US President Barack Obama's top counterterrorism adviser and point-man on Yemen, John Brennan, called Hadi after the announcement.

"The two agreed on the need to quickly implement the terms of the November 23 political settlement so that the legitimate and richly deserved aspirations of the Yemeni people can be realized," the White House said in a statement.

Brennan "stressed that all parties need to refrain from violence and proceed with the transition in a peaceful and orderly manner."

The Riyadh accord makes Saleh, 69, the fourth Arab leader to be ousted from power in the Arab Spring which has swept away the autocratic rulers of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.

Hadi as the sole candidate in February's poll is to officially take over as consensus president for a two-year interim period, after which parliamentary and presidential elections are to be held.

The early poll follows a 90-day transition period which kicked off with the signing of the power transfer deal in Riyadh.

The accord called for Saleh, in return for immunity from prosecution, to hand all "necessary constitutional powers" to his deputy with immediate effect and to hold office on an honorary basis only for the 90-day period.

A bloody crackdown on the anti-Saleh demonstrations across Yemen since January has left hundreds of people dead.

But demonstrators in Sanaa's Change Square, the focal point of the protests, say they reject the Riyadh deal and want the president to go on trial.

Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Kurbi, meanwhile, has said Saleh could need further medical treatment in the United States.
 

Date created : 2011-11-26

  • YEMEN

    Killing of protesters mars power transfer agreement

    Read more

  • YEMEN

    Saleh signs power transfer deal after months of unrest

    Read more

COMMENT(S)