GCC Calls For Power Transfer in Yemen

SANAA (Xinhua): The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Sunday in a statement called for Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to transfer power to enable the opposition to form a transitional unity government, a spokesman of the ruling party said.

The spokesman of the ruling General People’s Congress party ( GPC), who required anonymity, said GPC has initially rejected the offer, but he said the party is now deliberating about the GCC statement.

“We have received the message of the GCC and the final response will be decided by the Yemeni people,” said the spokesman.

GCC also asked Saleh to allow the opposition Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) to lead the transitional national unity government, added the spokesman.

The final statement, which was issued in Riyadh following a meeting of foreign ministers of GCC states and Yemen, said that after the JMP forms the transitional government, it will be authorized to write a new constitution and prepare for elections.

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