Yemeni president agrees to hand over power to deputy

Yemen's President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, has agreed to a transition deal and to hand over powers to his deputy, according to Jamal Benomar, the UN Secretary-General's Special Advisor on Yemen.

Reports indicate that Saleh will, however, continue to remain a figurehead in the state until fresh presidential elections are held.

The power transfer deal could end months of political deadlock and a 10-month government crackdown that has left scores of people dead or injured.

It proposes the formation of a government of national unity and an end to violence around the country.

Jamal Benomar says Yemen's vice president will take over all the executive powers during the first transition period and will ensure the implementation of the agreement.


Jamal Benomar, UN Secretary-General's Special Advisor to Yemen

"It enumerates at length and in detail all the steps that will be taken during this transition, from the setting up of a government of national unity, to the establishment of a military commission and stabilization that will work on ending the violence and the divisions within the army, and militia around the country. And also in the context the establishment of a national dialogue forum about the challenges facing this country and a way forward for the Yemenis".

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The agreement will end 33 years of President Saleh's rule over Yemen.

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