May 22 - Yemen's President attended but did not sign a deal which would call for to transfer power to opposition groups. Deborah Gembara reports.
In Yemen, President Ali Abdullah Saleh called on his supporters to accept a deal which would ease him out of power sometime next month. But when it came time to sign the official agreement, the president refused to put pen to paper. He offered this explanation. SOUNDBITE: Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh saying (Arabic): "I will sign if the opposition comes to the presidential palace as they are going to be partners in the transitional government." The deal, brokered by representatives from the Gulf states, is intended to put an end to to three months of protest. The ceremony marks the closest Saleh has come to handing over power and the third time he's backed out at the last minute. The deal would give Saleh immunity from prosecution, ensuring a dignified exit after nearly 33 years in power. Deborah Gembara, Reuters.