14 Oct '11, 2am

Yemen's Ali Abdullah Saleh refuses to step down

DUBAI: A proposed UN resolution on Yemen calling for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to resign that fails to threaten sanctions is unlikely to stem the tide of violence engulfing the country, analysts say. After 33 years at the helm, Saleh is refusing to step down after months of deadly protests unless his arch rivals, General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar and tribal leader Sheikh Sadeq al-Ahmar, who are currently battling his troops in Sanaa, also step aside. Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, a former staunch Saleh ally who defected in March to back anti-regime protesters, claims he has no political ambitions, despite his military takeover of parts of the capital. Sheikh Sadeq, who does not hold an official position, heads the country's most powerful tribe, while his brother Hamid, a billionaire businessman, is a leading Islamic opposition figure. One problem, analysts argue, is that the only poli...

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