He (Saleh) was given immunity from prosecution under one condition, which is totally leaving the political scene and resigning from his party.” Naif al-Qanis, spokesman for Yemen’s Joint Meeting Parties (JMP)Angry protesters in Yemen have staged rallies in the capital, Sana’a, to call for the prosecution of ousted dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh and his inner circle, Press TV reports. The demonstrators took to the streets amid reports of Saleh’s party threatening to re-enter the political arena to challenge anti-Saleh protests. However, Yemeni opposition groups say a power transfer deal, which has given Saleh immunity from prosecution, was signed by the opposition on condition that the dictator stops his political activities. “He was given immunity from prosecution under one condition, which is totally leaving the political scene and resigning from his party,” said spokesman for Joint Meeting Parties (JMP), Naif al-Qanis.
Some political analysts say that the coalition parties’ calls for Saleh to resign as the leader of his party has nothing to do with the signed power transfer deal.“The call for him to resign from the part of JMP is also unproductive. That’s not their business. They have no right to dictate… who the leader is. It would be a good day when Saleh finally resigns from politics and rids Yemen of his very heavy presence, but that is not for JMP to ask for,” said political analyst Abdulghani al-Iriani. Saleh formally stepped down and handed over power to his deputy Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi on February 27. The power transfer occurred under a Saudi-backed deal brokered by the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council in April 2011 and signed by Saleh in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on November 23, 2011. The new Yemeni president, who is a UK-trained field marshal, was sworn in on February 25, following a single-candidate presidential election on February 21, which was supported by the United States and Saudi Arabia. The growing rallies in Yemen prompted Hadi to remove a number of officials royal to Saleh, including the heads of the national security agency and military intelligence, on September 11. Yemeni protesters have vowed to continue their uprising until achieving all of their goals, top of which is getting rid of all members of the previous regime. AO/HSN