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Yemeni president balks

President Ali Abdullah Saleh has once again declined to sign the GCC engineered deal for him to step down from power in exchange for immunity for anything he may have done during his time as president.  Al Jazeera reports:

Saleh refused twice before to sign the agreement. But this weekend it had appeared he was finally relenting, under intense pressure from his allies, the United States and Gulf Arab countries that mediated the accord.

The opposition parties signed the accord on Saturday, and the Yemeni president grudgingly promised he would sign the following day.

Saleh said afterward he would not do so unless opposition leaders come to the palace and sign it as well in public, not “behind closed doors”.

“If they don’t comply, they are dragging us to a civil war, and they will have to hold responsibility for the bloodshed in the past and the blood which will be spilled later on because of their stupidity,” Saleh warned in an address on state TV.

All of the states that worked to broker this deal are, not surprisingly, upset.  It is fair to say Saleh now has no one in his corner.  Hopefully this situation can be resolved quickly.

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