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.