Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh Agrees To Step Down

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh was shown on Arabic satellite television stations signing an agreement to transfer power to his vice president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, within 30 days. Presidential elections are to be held within 90 days. The agreement, signed in Saudi Arabia with Saudi King Abdullah sitting alongside Saleh, marks the possible end of Yemen’s nine month uprising. The document specifies that Saleh will receive immunity from prosecution. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Saleh would travel to New York for medical treatment after signing the agreement. A screen grab from Saudi television shows Saleh smiling as he signs the Gulf Arab brokered agreement: