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Yemeni vice president announces lineup of new reconciliation government (3)


13:59, December 08, 2011

Yemeni Vice President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi (1st L) and outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh (2nd L) attend at a meeting of the ruling party in Sanaa, Yemen, Dec. 7, 2011. (Xinhua Photo)

Yemen has been gripped by a political crisis since late January when protests demanding an end to Saleh's 33-year rule erupted.

The opposition coalition and the ruling party signed the GCC deal on Nov. 23 in an attempt to end the crisis. Under the deal, early presidential elections are set to be held on Feb. 21, 2012, while Saleh retains the title of honorary president for 90 days before his resignation and has been granted immunity from prosecution.

Meanwhile, the ruling party held an extraordinary meeting here on Wednesday, announcing Vice President Hadi as the consensus candidate for the early presidential elections in line with the GCC initiative, according to SABA.

"Based on the agreed implementing mechanism of the GCC initiative and the UN Security Council resolution, Saleh will ... transfer power to the new elected president," SABA quoted Hadi as saying in a speech he delivered at the meeting.

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