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The Way Out of the Crisis is President Saleh’s Departure

By Saddam Alashmory

Yemeni opposition parties and scholars proposed to the president what they described as the way out of crisis, asking for his departure by the end of 2011, according to a spokesman of the parliament opposition.

Spokesman Mohammed al-Sabri said in a JMP statement said that the opposition held a meeting with a delegation of Yemeni Islamic scholars where they agreed on a proposal to be submitted to the president stating his departure.

He also  clarified that the resolution resides in five main points among them, “the president determines a set of plans expediting the transfer of authority with no inheritance for a duration doesn’t exceed the end of this year,” smooth transition of power based on the president’s declared commitments of no inheritance, nor re-election in 2013.

The resolution also included “the continuation of the demonstrations, sit-ins as well as the investigations on the murderers committed all around directorates in the last period.

The opposing components and scholars also demanded the president to announce these initiatives to the nation and all the political opponents to determine acceptance or rejection.

Yet the president confirmed many times his refusal to relinquish power until 2013, adding that exchange of power will be through the ballot boxes.

A source from the Islah party confirmed that Yemeni religious scholars led by Abdulmajeed Alzindani met the opposition parties on Tuesday where they discussed procedures of peaceful transition of power within a year.

This came after the president’s meeting with the scholars on Monday where he submitted a proposal consisting of eight points including “abolition of the controversial constitutional amendments and the call for elections ,as well as forming a government of national unity in return for withdrawal of the demonstrations from the streets.”

Still, many opposition leaders declared their refusal to form a government of national unity.

In the same context, president Saleh made a phone call to the American officials on Wednesday to express his regret for the statements he made on the previous day.

The white house reported that Saleh had spoken to John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism on the misunderstanding related to Saleh’s statement in which he accused Israel and the U.S of being involved in the activities that would undermine stability in Arab world.