August 30, 2011
THE REFORMATION ROLLS ON:
Yemen's Saleh commits to presidential elections: agency (Reuters, 8/30/11)
Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has clung to power despite a wave of protests against his 33-year rule, said on Monday he was committed to holding elections for a new president, the state news agency reported.
Saleh issued his statement from Saudi Arabia, where he has been for medical treatment since an assassination attempt in June, saying the vote should be held as soon as possible.
A political source told Reuters that Saleh had reached an agreement with the opposition to hold the elections within three months, with power transferred to Vice President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in the meantime. [...]
Saleh issued his statement to mark the Eid al-Fitr holiday which ends the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan and starts in Yemen on Tuesday, without saying when he would return.
One notes the association of Westernization with the Muslim holy day. Posted by Orrin Judd at August 30, 2011 7:26 AM