January 21st, 2012
06:46 AM ET

Yemeni President Saleh granted immunity

Yemen's parliament approved a controversial law Saturday that ensures President Ali Abdullah Saleh complete immunity from prosecution.

The law was delayed for weeks as Saleh insisted on specific changes guaranteeing his aides partial protection from legal actions.

In return, Saleh will step down from power in Yemen next month after ruling the country for more than 33 years.

Since the president signed a power transfer deal in November, tens of thousands of young activists have marched in provinces across Yemen. They have vowed to have Saleh tried for the deaths of hundreds of unarmed protesters.

The largest protests Saturday took place in Sanaa, where many continued pushing for Saleh's prosecution.

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  1. banasy©

    Puppet or no puppet, what I asked if this was applicable to Yemen only. Follow me?

    January 21, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jazzy

    Yes I do. Very good point banasy. Very good, I woulda had the same question. But why are they doing this?

    January 21, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO ©

    Similar to what happened with Suharto and Pinochet. This is sometimes the price demanded by a dictator to leave office without further bloodshed.

    January 21, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Considering how much bloodshed he has already caused within his country...

      January 21, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |

    bloodshed is good for the enviorment... their is way to many people on earth right now anyways..
    not to worry tho.. dec23-2012 is comming and mother nature is going to have the last laugh..
    i need to find one of those german flying saucers and get off this planet...

    January 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jazzy

    @ banasy, I concer! His blood is the only blood that's gonna spill if this DEAL wasn't presented.

    January 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jazzy

    @ BOMBO ©, I'm not familiar with either... could you enlighten me?

    January 21, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Ah, Ruffie...the date has been changed again?
    How about this:
    No-one knows when the world is going to end.
    It ends when it ends.

    January 21, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jazzy

    When the Governments start pushing the people towards a "one world religion" ... the end is EXTREMELY near.

    January 21, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |

    @banasy.. really.. really? you really belive no one knows or did know?.
    what the heck happen to the mayans then?.. they got wiped out for narcing that's what..
    it's dec23 for sure + or – a few days and maybe a few more to take into a account of the lack of leap years...

    January 21, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |

    also i think the end of the world is going to be midnight on "central standard time"
    cause jesus uses "cst" to track things on his naughty or nice list..

    January 21, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kandi

    Thats just crap, only GOD knows!

    January 21, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Why is it that these big shots always get away with this crap and the little guy who was following orders get the shaft ? They need to hand him over to the people for justice.

    January 21, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    bobcat (in a hat)©:

    Oh, you know that the peons mean nothing...not when the giant ego (and the life) of the big bad wolf is at stake...

    January 21, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bobcat (in a hat)©

    It's just so wrong. Here this fat cat is going to live his life of luxury, while the peons will probably get the death penalty.

    January 21, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      @ bc(iah)

      La di da di de
      La di da di da
      And the beast goes on....

      (and yes, I spelled it beast.)

      January 21, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
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