Yemen has "credible plan" to reform country, UN says
The UN special envoy for Yemen said Monday that the transitional government in Yemen has a "credible plan" to bring democracy to the country, including general elections within three months, DPA reported.
Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh last week signed an agreement to step down after months of bloody popular unrest and handed over power to his vice president, who is given all presidential prerogatives.
Jamal Benomar, the UN special envoy for Yemen, briefed the UN Security Council on developments in Yemen, the first since Saleh stepped down.
"The plan would be more credible if all parties cooperate and implement" the reform plan, Benomar told reporters after meeting with the 15-nation council.
Under the agreement signed with the opposition, a government of national unity was to be established within two weeks. The agreement called for political inclusiveness, embracing demands by youth movements that held fierce protests against Saleh.
Benomar said the UN has readied programmes to support the democratic reform in Yemen.