Sana’a, March 5 (IANS) Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh Saturday reaffirmed that he would stay in office until his term expires in 2013, rejecting an opposition roadmap for his exit in 2011, Xinhua reported.
“The opposition’s five-point road-map proposal is unclear and its arbitrary interpretations represent an open coup against the democracy and the Yemeni constitution,” the Saba news agency quoted an official as saying, adding that “any attempt to breach the constitution is not accepted”.
The official response came three days after the opposition handed over its offer to the president. It said the road-map guarantees an honourable exit of Saleh through holding a presidential election in which he would not participate but supervise it. Saleh ruled the country for 33 years.