“ SANAA, Yemen—A Saudi diplomat says armed loyalists of embattled Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh have encircled a diplomatic mission in Sanaa, where the American, British, Saudi and European ambassadors were trapped inside.
The diplomat says men armed with knives, daggers and swords were seen roaming the streets outside the United Arab Emirates Embassy, where the ambassadors were meeting to discuss a deal Mr. Saleh had been expected to sign Sunday, agreeing to leave power within 30 days.
Everybody is worried; we can’t leave the embassy,” said the Saudi diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.
Saleh militiamen have increasingly been seen around the capital, and hundreds cut off the road to the presidential palace.
A deal for the Yemeni leader to step down after 32 years in power was thrown into doubt Sunday after the ruling regime brought hundreds of loyalists into the streets to protest the pact and said he wouldn’t sign unless a public ceremony were held that included opposition leaders.
The ruling party statement objecting to a “closed door” signing was the latest in a series of mixed signals from Yemen’s embattled president. Mr. Saleh has backed away from signing at least twice before, adding to the opposition’s deep mistrust of a leader known for adept political maneuvering that has kept him in power for decades.
Yemen’s opposition coalition signed the deal Saturday, based on what it said were guarantees the president would sign the next day. Addressing Saleh’s call for the opposition to attend Sunday’s signing, opposition spokesman Mohammed al-Sabri said, “We are ready to go to the moon if he is really serious. But it is becoming clear that he is backing away.”
Simple Equation : Ali Abdulla Saleh = Stolen money + stupidity + (Cowardice x Greed)^infinity
I don’t know what else I can make of this, the guy is a waste of human space.