Yemeni president in Saudi Arabia to sign deal to handover power

Ali Abdullah Saleh, President of Yemen

Yemen's embattled President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, arrived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Wednesday morning to sign a deal that could end his 33-year rule.

The Gulf Cooperation Council initiative calls for him to transfer power to a deputy. But he will reportedly continue to remain as president.

Mr. Saleh agreed to sign the deal on at least three previous occasions, but backed away at the last minute.

Protests demanding an end to Mr. Saleh's rule have continued nearly daily since January.

Efforts by the government to squelch these protests have resulted in the killing of hundreds and wounding of thousands of people.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that the Yemeni president will travel to New York to seek medical treatment, after signing the agreement.

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