Ali Abdullah refuses to sign Gulf deal

May 23, 2010

Sanaa - MAP - The Yemeni President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, has refused to sign on the Gulf deal that would drive him out of power within 30 days, despite presence of the opposition leaders.

Gulf Co-operation Council has suspended its effort to mediate in Yemen's political crisis, after President Ali Abdullah Saleh has refused to sign a deal to step down.

A statement of the Gulf Co-operation Council said it was suspending its initiative because of "a lack of the suitable conditions".

This comes while escalation of the anti-government protests that call on Saleh to step down from power, where thousands of demonstrators staged Sunday in the Yemeni capital.

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