Moscow, March 27 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has said that he is ready to leave power “with respect and dignity”.
Saleh, who has ruled Yemen for 32 years, told Al Arabiya television Saturday that he could step down “even within a two hours notice”, however, adding that he would not hand power to rebels fighting the government.
Since early February Yemen has been hit by the wave of unrest that has swept through the Arab world, toppling authoritarian regimes in Tunisia and Egypt and mass popular uprisings in Libya and Bahrain.
Saleh said earlier that he would not run for a new term and hand over power to his son.
Last Sunday, Saleh dismissed the government and promised to put a new constitution to a referendum this year and create a parliamentary system in the country. But the Yemeni opposition has rejected this initiative.