June 14, 2011
Will Yemen's Opposition Settle?
Haley Sweetland Edwards, The New Republic
With Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh holed up in a Saudi hospital, Yemen has settled into a relative calm. But the situation is not so much improved as it is temporarily pacified by uncertainty. Saleh’s aides are insisting that he will return to Yemen soon; meanwhile, diplomats from the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, the United States, and the European Union have swooped in to pressure Saleh, even in his hospital bed, to officially resign. Doing so would start the clock on a process of transition outlined in Yemen’s constitution, which mandates that a new presidential election be held within sixty days, or as soon as is feasible. But would this mollify the opposition?
Such a transition, if it occurs, would take place under the direction of a man...
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