Yemen Uprisings Bearing Fruit

Three months of fierce pro-democracy protests in Yemen have yielded some concrete results. Yesterday, President Ali Abdullah Saleh agreed to relinquish his hold on power.

The resignation comes via a plan brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council and endorsed by the official opposition coalition, giving Saleh’s regime 30 days to transition out of office.

The deal, while an excellent sign of progress, is not without some issues. One being the offer of immunity to Saleh and his family. The second being the 30 day window, which Yemenis fear might be used by Saleh to hang on to power.

Still, it’s great to see that another brutal dictatorship in the Middle East is set to topple. Long live freedom and democracy!

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