Yemen's president agrees to resign, official says
Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh reportedly has agreed to a deal brokered by neighboring Persian Gulf nations.
April 23rd, 2011
02:20 PM ET

Yemen's president agrees to resign, official says

Yemen's embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh has accepted a deal brokered by neighboring Persian Gulf nations to step down, a senior Yemeni Foreign Ministry official said Saturday.

Both Saleh and the Yemeni opposition have agreed to the deal in principle. But Saleh has yet to sign the agreement, which mandates that he leave office within 30 days and provides complete immunity for him and those who served in his regime, said the official.

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  1. Tohrm

    What right do those "neighboring Persian Gulf nations" have to come in and effectively protect this dictator from the righteous wrath of the people of Yemen?
    They have no standing in removing him from office. Only the people of Yemen have that standing in this case. Those other countries are not only sticking their noses in where they don't belong, but they are deliberately protecting a criminal from the courts in Yemen, where they have no jurisdiction nor cause to interfere.
    I protest this so-called "agreement" in the name of the Yemen people who have a right to self-determination and a right to administer the removal of the president themselves.
    If they asked these other countries for this help, that would be a different thing.

    April 23, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rokk

      Yeah, because we NEED more violence. *Sarcasm.*

      April 23, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • nazk

      @Tohrm.... The same right that US had to go implant democracy in Iraq...
      Oh wait... No right at all

      April 23, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Maybe you better ask the Yemeni people who agreed to this also. They seem to be willing to find a ultimately bloodless solution to the situation. What right do you have to question their decsion?

      April 23, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert R. Williamson Jr.

      US kept him there he was "our" "friend" so now he is bad? hmmm what politics do 🙂 one day friend one day foe 🙂

      April 23, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • michael

      Tohrm: you are absolutely right. Since the man cannot be trusted anyway, better let him go "scott free" to spare the Yemenis further suffering under his rule. Subsequently the Yemenis would be justified in giving this scoundrel a taste of his own medicine and bringing charges against him at the Hague criminal court, or, failing that, using every means to ensure he lives in fear the rest of his sorry azz life.

      April 23, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laura

      Living in Southeast Asia, I have been following the political upheavals in the Middle East and North Africa very closely. I totally agree with Tohrm. The man should be punished for his serious crimes against his own people. The neighboring countries have no rights to interfere or to protect him. Where is justice?

      April 23, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Relax. He'll get his. If you miss him at the criminal trial, get him at the civil trial. Have we learned nothing?

      April 23, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Philip

      Well said,Tohrm. I completely agree.

      April 23, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |

    It was arbitration brokered between the government and opposition leaders. If the opposition leaders agreed to it, then what's the rub?

    April 23, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Me

    I have a feeling that the world is ending.

    April 23, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • tonny2

      you are the one that reason to what is going on

      April 23, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jamiel Ahmed

    I am on the frontline daily ready to take a bullet for my country. Don't play the advocate unless you are here living this nightmare. If Ali Saleh leaves then we will start living and re-creating the Arabia Felix.

    I am sure we all don't want more bloodshed?
    It's like cornering an animal, it will do anything to escape.

    April 23, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey

    @ Me:
    I have a feeling that the world is continuing as it has been for a long time.

    April 23, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Eh

    As far as I know, the opposition has not agreed to the plan anyway. And when Tohrm talks about "the people of Yemen" he/she should keep in mind that there are two groups, pro and contra. So these Gulf countries can not make peace but can be asked to interfere in other things? Very strange.

    April 23, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bbo

    Nations shouldnt interfere and protect ruthless despots? Is this a story about Yemen or the United States?

    April 23, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cri

    Criminal he killed his own people because they want him out. He should get no ammunity but i guess comparing him to gaddafi he looks like a decent criminal

    April 23, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ghoma

    Another one bites the dust...The Arab Spring continues... Tomorrow Gaddafy and Assad.. then the rest.

    April 23, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |

    does he get to keep his health benefit's? also what about his 401k?

    April 23, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tohrm

    Did I not say that if the people of Yemen actually asked for all this then that was a different thing?
    Who are you people who cannot slow down to read what I actually wrote?
    Most of you are painting me with BS and I have no idea why, unless you failed to read my post with a suitable amount of attention.
    And, yes, I do not like the USA propping up dictators at all. There are few things as ridiculous as our half-a**ed foreign policy when we have to go in to remove the ones we installed. How many have we done that with? Too many. To prop a dictator is to be guilty of every crime the dictator does as a direct result of that support. But that's just my opinion. I'm hardly in a position to do anything with it. Chill, ppl.

    April 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jack

    "Steal a little and they throw you in jail; steal a lot and they make you king". Bob Dylan

    April 23, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. leeintulsa

    You people kill me. When this whole thing began, complain about the arab world doing nothing and *us* having to do it. Then, when the Arab world handles it, you complain about them not doing it like you would.

    You should be giving them props. At least a 'we'll see'. Maybe we don't need bases all over the world.. Maybe they can take care of it themselves? What you want? People stop dying? Win win?

    April 23, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Foley

    All this has to happen unfortunatly.....mans new world order will never succeed against the Lord Almighty and His will. I pray for mercy. Please see for a true revelation about the end times.

    April 23, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |

    he can come stay in my extra bedroom if he pays my utilities..and mow the lawn..

    April 23, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      If you live in Hawaii or Australia , can I get that deal? HE HE

      April 23, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Oh she heard the cellophane paper what happens when potatoe chip crunches...and coke can top snaps with a gush...and the straw slurps????

      April 24, 2011 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
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