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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-02-11 07:26 AM
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Yemen president says won't extend term or pass to son
Source: Reuters

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a key U.S. ally against al Qaeda, said on Wednesday he will not seek to extend his presidency in a move that would end his three-decade rule when his current term expires in 2013.

Eyeing protests that swept Tunisia's leader from power and threaten to topple Egypt's president, Saleh also vowed not to pass on the reins of government to his son. He also appealed to the opposition to call off protests as a large rally loomed.

"I present these concessions in the interests of the country. The interests of the country come before our personal interests," Saleh told his parliament, Shoura Council and members of the military.

"No extension, no inheritance, no resetting the clock," he said, making reference to ruling party proposals on term limits that had been seen as designed to enable him to run again.



Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/02/us-yemen-pres...
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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-02-11 07:36 AM
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1. Whoa!!!!!!!!!!!!
What an impact Egypt has had. Amazing.
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Jefferson23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-02-11 07:49 AM
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2. Wow! WE the people have spoken, the status quo is losing control...
Beautiful!!
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Fearless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-02-11 08:12 AM
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3. I wonder how this will play out for oil concerns in the near future.
Need I suggest we really need to be focusing on alternative energy sources?? While it's not like we didn't have it coming to us, mettling in other nations affairs and such for generations, no doubt the new governments in all these nations will not be as friendly to us a la South America.
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Astraea Donating Member (60 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-02-11 11:30 PM
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4. I wonder if he'll stay true to his promise
.. or if he's betting on things quieting down by 2013, and/or if he's going to use this time to be ever more repressive.
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