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Saleh Promises to Give Power to “Safe Hands”

The ruling party managed to send an indirect message to the protestors and the opposition parties last Friday. They have brought over two million supporters from different governorates to prove their supposed representation of the majority in Yemen.

Friday was meant to show that they still enjoy a fantastic relationship with the citizenry, in spite of the ongoing media battle against the ruling party and the President.

The events Friday were convened by the President’s Supporters, and Saleh was accused of bringing his people to a nice farewell gathering.

Before the gathered thousands, he offered to cede power “to safe hands” that are chosen by the people who are responsible for choosing their leaders not through protests.

He warned of chaos and sabotage, looting of property, attacking government facilities and holdings.

Saleh said, “the people who are creating acts of chaos are trying to demolish the country in order to reach power by any means.”

The massive rally, which purportedly rejects a coup against constitutional legitimacy turned out in support of the referendum on the unification, democracy and legitimate political activity.

The president also saluted the sincere crowds and assured them that “Yemen will over come these difficulties, just as in the civil war in the summer of  1994, as well as the past years of sabotage, sedition, and rebellion in Sa’ada.

He also added that all contradictions were gathered among the Huthis, al-Qaeda, the Hirak, and the JMP, who all aim at destabilizing the country.

President Saleh also renewed his readiness for dialogue with the young protesters and their legitimate demands.

He called them to “form a political party away of the current parties aiming at destroying the country.”

He also said, “we can not hand power over to the minorities where it could be handed over to the massive rallies that have real interests to the revolution.”

Talks were underway on two tracks to work out the details of a deal on a peaceful transition of power in the Arabian Peninsula state that is home to a resurgent arm of al-Qaeda, Yemeni political sources said.

Western countries are concerned al-Qaeda militants could exploit any disorder arising from a messy transition if Saleh, a pivotal U.S. and Saudi ally fighting for his political life, finally steps down after 32 years in office.

“We don’t want power, but we need to hand power over to safe hands, not to sick, resentful or corrupt hands,” Saleh said in a rousing speech to tens of thousands of supporters in Sanaa.

The protesters waved pictures of Saleh and banners saying, “No to chaos, yes to security and stability”. Some carried guns and traditional Yemeni daggers, others waved flags and played patriotic songs.

“We are against firing a single bullet, and when we give concessions this is to ensure there is no bloodshed. We will remain steadfast and challenge them with all power we have,” Saleh concluded.