Some 108 Yemeni clerics Saturday and tribal leaders said President Ali Abdullah Saleh was not able to lead the country and should step down.
They urged Saleh, to relinquish power and called on the acting president to form transitional council and hold presidential elections within 60 days.
“We called on those officials who are familiar with the real situation of Saleh’s health condition to reveal the fact to the Yemeni people, especially after Vice President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi was assigned as acting president in accordance to the Yemeni constitution,” they said in a statement,
“Therefore, the acting president should form an interim ruling council to run the country in the post-Saleh period and prepare to hold presidential elections within 60 days,” the influential clerics said in the statement they released following a gathering with opposition leaders and powerful tribal leaders.
The clerics included Yemen’s most powerful Islamic scholar Sheik Adbul-Majid al-Zindani, who is regarded by the U.S. as a spiritual mentor of late Osama Bin Laden.
In the statement, the clerics also repeated their rejection to any foreign military interference on the Yemeni soil, in reference to the U.S.-run unmanned drones that sporadically raided terrorist groups in south Yemen, warning of implementing their months-old fatwa (religious order) of waging holy war against meddling country.