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

(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. (Read more Yemen stories.)

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