Yemeni president mulling deal that would have him stay through 2011
March 21st, 2011
05:34 PM ET

Yemeni president mulling deal that would have him stay through 2011

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and a top military general are discussing a deal for a peaceful transition of power that would allow Saleh to stay in place for the rest of the year, a Yemeni official and senior U.S. official said Monday.

The general, Maj. Gen. Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, declared his support Monday for ongoing anti-government protests in Yemen and said he will order his troops to protect civilians demonstrating against Saleh.

Saleh, a key United States ally as al Qaeda turns his country into a base, has been under increasing pressure after a government crackdown on protesters that left 52 people dead on Friday. Saleh, who expressed his "deep regret" over the casualties, dismissed his Cabinet on Sunday.

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  1. Cesar r

    Another U.S. Military base in the Middle East? We need to add a lot more then that if Washington and its allies is going to help spread democracy and goodwill toward mankind. Great job Saleh. Yahoo!!!

    March 21, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Justifions-l'injustice

    And where is the united nations security council? This man has been killing his own people. No voice for the "human rights groups"? Where is his "No-fly-zone" from the international community? Where is the arab league? Their days are are in rapid fin! Keep your partners in crime, a community of people united will someday win and change the the rules. I did it at 16, any1 can deligimized irrelivent leadership. Nations Unis watch, you're fading away!!!

    March 23, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |