Sanaa (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Ali Abdullah Saleh, after 33 years of the regime has officially given up power, and his post to his deputy, Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, who after an election that saw him triumph, was sworn in on February 26 before parliament. In the recent past, three times Ali Abdullah Saleh had promised to sign an agreement for his departure from the scene and three times reneged on the decision. This time he could not do so. According to people close to him, he is seriously considering the possibility of going into exile. The transfer of powers is part of an agreement, painstakingly carried out by international diplomacy and guaranteed by the Cooperation Council of Gulf countries. (AsiaNews 21/02/2012 Elections in Sanaa: the end (maybe) of Saleh's power).
Under this agreement, Mansour Hadi will remain in power for two years, and will oversee the drafting of a new constitution and hold new elections, parliamentary and presidential, in 2014. At his swearing in ceremony he promised to work to bring home the thousands of displaced people, created by the fighting between loyalists and opponents last year. "One of the most important issues is the continuation of the war against al-Qaeda, as a religious and national duty, and the return the displaced to their homes," said Mansour Hadi.
The parliamentary opposition parties boycotted the ceremony because Ali Abdullah Saleh participated. Under the agreement, Saleh was guaranteed immunity from prosecution for acts and decisions made when President. Saleh, say people close to him, may leave the country, to ensure as smooth a transition. They speak of Oman, the UAE, where part of his family has already established a residence, and finally Ethiopia, which seems willing to host the former president. Saleh is the fourth leader of an Arab country forced to leave since the beginning of the Arab spring.