Japan Welcomes Signing of GCC Yemen Transfer of Power Initiative

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Tokyo- (PanOrient News) The Japanese government today welcomed the Yemeni President's Ali Abdullah Saleh signing of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) initiative for a peaceful transition of power in Yemen, and expressed appreciation for the mediation efforts of the GCC, the United Nations, the United States, the European Union, among others to end the crisis in the country.

A statement by the foreign ministry in Tokyo said Japan hopes that the transition of power will be smoothly carried out in Yemen in line with the GCC initiative, and expressed hope that stability will be achieved in the country. Japan intends to cooperate as much as possible in order to support that, the statement said.

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has agreed to end his 33-year rule by signing in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on November 23, the long-delayed Gulf Cooperation Council deal that requires him to transfer power within 30 days to Vice-President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi to be followed by early presidential elections within 90 days.

In return, the deal offers Saleh and his family immunity from prosecution.

The beleaguered leader, who remained defiant in the face of protests for over 10 months, said he would cooperate fully with the proposed unity government. Saleh promised "real partnership" with the opposition in implementing the agreement.

Yemen protesters, however, refused to accept the GCC deal, saying they will continue in their daily protests till they remove the regime and bring it to trial.

Photo: President Saleh signs the initiative in the presence of Saudi King Abdullah in Riyadh.

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