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Thursday, March 24, 2011

WSJ: Both Salih and Muhsin to Step Aside?

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Yemeni President Salih and his kinsman/ally/now rival General ‘Ali Muhsin al-Ahmar, have negotiated a deal under which both men would step down and transfer power to a civilian transitional council. The report, not confirmed elsewhere as far as I know (officially, Salih is still offering to step down at the end of the year) suggests the deal might be in place as early as Saturday.

We'll see. Salih is known for changing his mind, and this is so far just one press report. But if tomorrow comes anywhere near last Friday in the violence of the protests, things might happen faster.

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