Yemen's Saleh to Step Down 'in Coming Days'

Activists doubt president's latest promise, but officials say he means it
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2011 5:51 AM CDT
In this image made from video, Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh speaks on Yemen State Television, broadcast yesterday.   (AP Photo/Yemen State TV)

(Newser) – Faced with continuing protests and a military insurection in Yemen, President Ali Abdullah Saleh took to state television to announce—yet again—he would step down "in coming days," reports the BBC. "I reject power and I will continue to reject it, and I will be leaving power in the coming days," said Saleh. Of course, But Saleh has said repeatedly since uprisings started in January that he would either not seek re-election or would step down entirely, only to back down each time, but this time the government information minister confirmed that Saleh intended on relinquishing power.

"We don't believe this man and if he wants to step down, OK, that belongs to him," said activist Tawakul Karman, one of the co-winners of this year's Nobel Peace Prize. With some of the country's most powerful families supporting anti-government protesters, many fear that the uprising could escalate into a full-fledged civil war if Saleh stays in power.

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