Yemeni opposition accepts power transfer deal with vice-president

Saleh undergoes surgery in Saudi Arabia

Protesters celebrated in the streets of Sanaa, Yemen after President Saleh left the country to undergo medical treatment in Saudi Arabia. Saleh was injured last week when rebel forces attacked his compound. Yemen’s central opposition coalition—the Joint Meeting Parties—announced it would accept a permanent power transfer to the country’s vice-president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who is standing in for Saleh until his alleged return. However, if Hadi refuses the opposition’s offer and restores Saleh to the presidency, the JMP say they will establish a transitional government. Several experts doubt the injured president will return; they are confident the Saudi government will pressure him to appease the opposition and sign the deal brokered by the Gulf countries.

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