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Yemen: Saleh could be avoided the same fate as Gaddafi

By signing the agreement of transfer of power, Yemeni President Ali Abdallah Saleh has been given a chance to avoid the fate of the fallen Saddam and leaders Muammar Gaddafi said President of the International Committee of the Senate Russian Mikhail Margelov on Thursday.

“The transfer of power agreement signed by President Saleh to hope that civil war will not break out in Yemen and the head of state will avoid the fate of Hussein and Gaddafi,” said Senator, adding that Yemeni President had signed the document in exchange for immunity from prosecution for himself and his family.

The Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was hanged Dec. 30, 2006 for crimes against humanity. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed by rebels last October.

According to Mr. Margelov, Yemen is currently “the world’s most radicalized Middle East.” There are tens of thousands of Islamist fighters, including members of the terrorist al-Qaeda. The senator also noted that the population had “enough weapons” to commit a civil war.

Since early February, Yemen is the scene of bloody demonstrations directed against Ali Abdallah Saleh, in power since 1978. According to Western media, the violence has already been hundreds of deaths.

On Wednesday Saleh signed an agreement to resolve the crisis, proposed for more than seven months by the Gulf Cooperation Council. Under this document, the head of state should leave his post within 30 days, after transferring his skills to the Vice President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

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