Ex-Yemen leader calls for early polls to end crisis

Former Yemeni strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh has called for early elections to bring the country out of crisis, his party said on Wednesday.

Sanaa: Former Yemeni strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh has called for early elections to bring the country out of crisis, his party said on Wednesday.

Saleh sent the letter a month ago to President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi, the ex-leader`s General People`s Congress party said, publishing the text on its website.

It urges Hadi, who has come under increasing pressure this week from Shiite militia, to "hold early presidential and parliamentary elections to resolve the country`s crisis".

Saleh ruled Yemen for 33 years before being forced out in February 2012 and replaced by his then-deputy, Hadi, under a UN and Gulf-sponsored deal.

But he is seen as prime backer of the Shiite Huthi militia who seized the presidential palace on Tuesday and attacked Hadi`s residence, in what officials described as an attempted coup.

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