Saleh Scraps Latest Resignation Offer

President Ali Abdullah Saleh had offered to leave by year's end
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 28, 2011 8:38 AM CDT
Yemen Protests: President Ali Abdullah Saleh Scraps Latest Resignation Offer
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh delivers a speech to his supporers in Sanaa,Yemen, Friday, March 25, 2011.   (AP Photo)

Yemen's president has been waffling on whether, and when, to resign—and yesterday, he scrapped his most recent offer. A week ago, President Ali Abdullah Saleh offered to step down by the end of the year, but his opponents quickly rejected that offer. Yesterday, Saleh formally withdrew it after a meeting with leadership committee members of his Congress Party. The move indicates that the attempt to negotiate a power transfer has failed, the AP notes. (Of course, this isn't the first—nor even the second—time Saleh has reneged on a promise to end his reign.)

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