Yemeni Leader Signs Pact to Turn Over Rule

Yemeni President Saleh is reported to have signed an agreement to turn over his rule to the vice premier who will form a unity government.  Saleh has reneged before, so it isn’t over ’till the fat lady sings.  Yemen is an unusual model for the Arab Spring.  Early in March, as mass demonstrations expressed the will of ordinary Yemen citizens, a powerful Yemeni military commander, Gen. Ali Mohsin al-Ahmar, threw his support behind the democratic forces.  He and his followers have been protect demonstrators from onslaught by the Saleh government.  Other Yemeni factions have their own beefs with Saleh as well.  Reports say the Saleh family feared for its wealth more than its power.

 

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