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Feb022011

Yemen President Out in 2013

Photo Courtesy - GAMAL NOMAN/AFP/Getty Images(SANAA, Yemen) -- There are more political ripple effects from the national uprising in Egypt. Jordan's king fired his government amid weeks of public protests on Tuesday and Wednesday, Yemen's president, who has ruled for over 30 years, called an emergency parliamentary meeting to announce his political future is coming to an end. 

Bowing to public protest, Ali Abdullah Saleh has announced he will step down in 2013 and not seek re-election.  Saleh also promised not to put his son in power to succeed him and called on the opposition to enter talks on political reforms.  Some opposition leaders are already rejecting Saleh's calls and questioning his sincerity to leave office. 

Opposition groups are planning to stage mass protests in the Yeminite capital Thursday in a so-called "day of rage" and Saleh's announcement hasn't changed that. 

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