Yemen’s parliament approved a law on Saturday 21 Jan 2012, granting outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh immunity from prosecution, part of a deal for him to step down after nearly a year of unrest, reports Times of India.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ma813h75qmg]
This report from euronews details the anger felt by human rights groups and the opposition in Yemen, who have condemned the move, which will protect his aides only from “politically motivated” crimes. Human Rights Watch has described it as a “licence to kill,” that lets Saleh’s henchmen off the hook.
USA Today reports Saleh will leave soon to Oman, en route to medical treatment in the United States, according to Yemeni officials. Whether he actually leaves remains to be seen. Certainly the opposition treat all such stories with scepticism after so many months of vacillation from Saleh over his departure.
The officials’ comments Saturday suggested Oman, Yemen’s neighbor, could be a potential home for him. Three officials said he would go, but they were divided on whether he would remain in exile in Oman or return to Yemen after treatment.
Also on Saturday, the Foreign Minister Abu-Bakr al-Qirbi denied that Yemen’s presidential election, scheduled for February 21 has been postponed.
“The presidential election in Yemen will be held on the specified date. There is absolutely no intention to postpone the presidential election that is scheduled to be held in the country in February”, al-Qirbi said in statements to Al-Sharq al-Awsat by telephone from London, according to the state media agency SABA as reported by eurasiareview.
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