More protests in Yemen while Gulf states propose president resign
Tens of thousands of protesters marched in the Yemeni capital of Sana'a Thursday demanding that President Ali Abdullah Saleh step down, whilst Gulf states said they were working to persuade him to resign, DPA reported.
Thousands of female protesters also took to the streets of Amran, north of Sana'a, demanding the ouster of Saleh and his government.
Qatari premier Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani said the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) was seeking to reach an agreement with Saleh and the opposition regarding the president's resignation, Qatari state news agency QNA reported
"We hope that we will strike a deal wherein Saleh will step down," al-Thani said.
The GCC proposal calls for Saleh to transfer his powers to Vice President Abdu Rabo Mansour, Yemeni opposition spokesperson Mohamed Qahtan told the German Press Agency dpa.
The proposal also called for immunity for Saleh from any questioning or trial, and the formation of a unity government in Yemen, he said.
Qahtan did not indicate whether the Yemeni opposition would accept the proposal.
Saleh had on Wednesday welcomed Gulf efforts to mediate the crisis in Yemen.
Protesters in Yemen have been calling for Saleh to step down after 32 years in power for nearly two months.