Yemen Prez Refusing to Sign Deal

Saleh backs away on eve of signing that would end crisis
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2011 7:37 AM CDT
A protester holds an umbrella to shield herself from the sun while taking part in a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, Saturday, April 30, 2011.   (Muhammed Muheisen)
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(Newser) – Yemen's president is refusing to personally sign the deal that would end that country's political crisis, reports the AP, potentially indicating its collapse. A rep of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, which brokered the agreement that would have Ali Abdullah Saleh step down within 30 days, said that Saleh late yesterday requested that a senior aide represent him in the signing ceremony, which was slated for tomorrow or Monday. The AP notes that Yemeni opposition parties have said they won't sign if Saleh doesn't.

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