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UN envoy to Yemen says new agreement "opens the door to a credible transition"

(Xinhua)

13:39, November 29, 2011

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- Jamal Benomar, UN secretary- general's special adviser for Yemen, said here on Monday that a political deal signed in the country on Nov. 23 provides an opportunity to help Yemen recover from a difficult phase.

"This agreement opens the door to a credible transition," he said. "It provides a detailed road map for a transition process, including setting out core principles, new bodies, processes and priorities, sequencing and benchmarks for this transition."

Benomar's statement came as he addressed the press after briefing the UN Security Council behind closed doors on the situation in Yemen.

The Middle Eastern country has been in a state of crisis for ten months, since Yemenis began calling for the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. In the new deal, brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Saleh will hand over power to his deputy and resign from office within 30 days. Elections for a new president will be held on Feb. 21, 2012.

"Mohamed Basindwa, one of the key negotiators for the agreement has been named prime minister and tasked to form the new government of national unity within 14 days," said Benomar.

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