At the same time the GCC Foreign Ministers met in Riyadh to discuss the regional initiative to resolve the unrest in Yemen, the Yemeni President called for an early Presidential election, contradicting the initiative’s plan for him to resign within a month. The President’s advisors said that he will sign the initiative on Sunday. But the opposition are skeptical of the promises, in the midst of Western calls to the President to respect his commitments in achieving a peaceful transition of power.
The call for an early presidential election came less than a day after a statement from a GCC official concerning a meeting of the Gulf Foreign Ministers held in Riyadh to discuss the situation in Yemen.
The call was also made after Ahmed Al-Sofi – the President’s secretary – announced that the president will sign the GCC initiative on Sunday.
Al-Sofi said that the president changed his mind and will sign on Sunday – the 21st Anniversary of the Union of North and South Yemen – in the presence of Al-Zayani, the GCC Secretary General, who left Sana’a last Wednesday, after spending five days without making any progress.
Sultan Al-Barkani – The GPC’s Assistant Secretary-General – said that the party informed Al-Zayani that all parties were ready to sign.
Reuters specified that an opposition official said that Al-Zayani informed them that the President is ready to sign on Sunday.
But the JMP doubted the President’s promises; Mohammad Qahtan – the JMP spokesman – said that he doesn’t trust the President and accused Saleh of attempting to buy time.
The Youth Revolution – in ever increasing numbers – continued their demonstrations all over the country and threatened again to march towards the Presidential palaces.
The Human Rights activist Tawakol Karman said that the GCC initiative doesn’t represent the youth, and that the opposition lost a lot of supporters after accepting the proposal.
Mansoor Al-Zindani – a member of parliament – asked the Gulf countries to clarify their position on the failure of the initiative, and to reveal to the world “who refused to sign the initiative”.
He also said that the last amendments are in favour of Saleh, and it’s time for the Gulf Countries to recognise the Yemeni Youth Revolution clearly.
The American President Barack Obama urged the Yemeni President to respect his commitments on making a peaceful transfer of power, and asked him to sign the initiative without making any delays.
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