Yemen Opposition 'Knows Nothing' of Government Roadmap
Opposition leaders in Yemen say they know nothing about a government proposed roadmap; say no talks until Saleh goes.
By Gabe Kahn.
First Publish: 7/26/2011, 4:11 PM
Yemen's opposition leaders dismissed Monday a plan for government-led talks after months of mass protests and restated their demand that President Ali Abdullah Saleh must go saying they hadn't even heard of the regime's new "roadmap."
Vice-President Abdul Rabbu Hadi Mansour, who is ruling Yemen while Saleh remains in a Saudi Arabian hospital after a failed assassination attempt, had said Sunday a roadmap to ease unrest would be launched within a week.
Government spokesman Tarek Al Shami told Reuters the plan would centre on talks with the opposition. "The roadmap is based on all sides gathering at the dialogue table and discussing all the issues," he said.
But opposition leaders repeated its refusal to talk to the government until Saleh signs a transition deal brokered by the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council, which the President has backed out of signing three times.
"We knew nothing about the idea of a roadmap," said Mohammad Basindwa, a leader in Yemen's political opposition coalition. "There is no such thing, and we have decided not to enter any dialogue until the Gulf initiative is signed or power is transferred to the vice-president."
Saleh, now 69, is trying to cling to power after 33 years in office despite a bomb attack in June that severely wounded him and forced him to seek treatment in Riyadh.