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GCC chief to renew Yemen's power-transition mediation

Arab World Materials 1 May 2011 23:22 (UTC +04:00)
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) chief will soon visit Sanaa to resume efforts to settle the power- transition standoff after Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh refused to sign a deal, the group said in a statement on Sunday.
GCC chief to renew Yemen's power-transition mediation

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) chief will soon visit Sanaa to resume efforts to settle the power- transition standoff after Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh refused to sign a deal, the group said in a statement on Sunday.

The statement was issued following an extraordinary meeting of the GCC foreign ministers in the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Sunday, Xinhua reported .

"The GCC Secretary-General Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani will soon go back to the Yemeni capital to renew mediation efforts and remove all obstacles to achieve a final power-transfer deal in Yemen," they said.

The statement did not set the date of al-Zayani's visit.

On Saturday, al-Zayani was in Sanaa for an official visit to get Saleh's signature of the deal, but the latter refused to sign the deal personally and said he will sign it after representatives of his ruling party inks it with the opposition in Riyadh's Sunday meeting.

After Saleh's refusal, the GCC officials postponed the signing ceremony, according to an official of the opposition.

The West-backed GCC plan stipulated that the opposition Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) should form a national unity government within seven days after signing the deal to end the months-long street protests.

Under the plan, Saleh should leave office within 30 days in exchange for immunity from prosecution, and the new government should arrange presidential and parliamentary elections in 60 days.

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