Political Analysis

Saleh must go, G8 says

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Leaders of the Group of Eight called on Yemen’s president to quit on Thursday.

Summit host France said Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh must end his 33-year rule: “We deplore the fighting that occurred overnight which was a direct result of the current political impasse, for which President Saleh has direct responsibility due to his refusal to sign the GCC transition agreement,” a foreign ministry spokesman said, referring to the Gulf Cooperation Council.

“We continue to support the departure of President Saleh who has consistently agreed that he would be stepping down from power and then consistently reneged on those agreements” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.