Yemen opposition urges swift power transfer

Saleh was flown to Riyadh on June 4 for treatment a day after he was wounded when an explosion ripped through a mosque where he was praying inside his Sanaa presidential compound.

Updated: Jun 12, 2011, 23:25 PM IST

Dubai: Yemen`s opposition on Sunday urged
Gulf leaders to ensure a swift leadership transition to
prevent a power vacuum in the deeply tribal country amid
uncertainty over President Ali Abdullah Saleh`s health.

"Our Gulf brothers should quickly adopt firm positions
to immediately and peacefully transfer power to the vice
president," Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi, parliamentary opposition
spokesman Mohammed Qahtan told a news agency.

Saleh was flown to Riyadh on June 4 for treatment a
day after he was wounded when an explosion ripped through a
mosque where he was praying inside his Sanaa presidential
compound.

He is reported to be in poor condition and suffering
breathing problems in a Saudi hospital, an informed source
said yesterday.

"Time is not in favour of Yemen`s stability," Qahtan
warned today.

He urged the Gulf monarchies to push forward "an
immediate transfer of power... to enable us to support the
vice president and implement the rest of the Gulf initiative
to resolve Yemen`s crisis and restore peace and stability."

Gulf Arab foreign ministers, who suspended their
mediation efforts on Yemen on May 23, are set to meet on
Tuesday.

Saleh has steadfastly refused to sign a Gulf-brokered
initiative that would see him transfer power to his deputy
Hadi within 30 days in return for immunity from prosecution.

PTI