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Senior Opposition Leader Raps Negotiations with Yemeni Dictator

Senior opposition leader and former Yemeni legislator Yahya al-Houthi rapped the groups that have taken part in the negotiations with Yemeni dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh, and underlined that these groups do not represent the Yemeni people.
“The plans which do not meet the demands of the people are rejected,” al-Houthi told FNA on Saturday, stressing, “Those parties which have entered negotiations with the regime in Sana’a are not real representatives of the Yemeni nation.”

“Yemen’s revolutionary people do not feel necessitated to remain committed to the pledges made by the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) and accepted by the Sana’a regime,” he added.

Houthi stressed that the Yemeni people are determined to continue protests until the complete collapse of Saleh’s regime, and expressed the hope that the Saleh’s dictatorial regime will collapse by the end of the current month.

A political deal for Yemeni president to relinquish power within 30 days failed to persuade thousands of anti-government protesters spread across the nation Sunday to reel in their banners, fold up their camps and go home.

A tentative agreement reached earlier between leading political opponents and Saleh’s ruling party called for the president to step down within 30 days in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

Diplomats credited the plan as a move toward ending two months of turmoil and bloodshed, but the deal fell short of the central demand by hundreds of thousands of demonstrators that Saleh resign immediately.

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