Some interesting developments from the Republic of Yemen

Yemeni Pres. To Run For Re-Election
Reverses Earlier Decision Because Of Popular Pressure

SAN’A, Yemen, June 24, 2006
Ali Abdullah Saleh. (AP)

(AP) Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh declared Saturday that he intended to run for another term in September’s presidential polls, saying that he had caved in to popular pressure to reverse his decision of last year.

Saleh, who has ruled since 1978, said last July that he would not seek another seven-year mandate because he wanted to open the way for the peaceful rotation of power.

Saturday’s announcement was the second time Saleh changed his mind about an earlier promise not to run, having done so in 1999 — the first time he faced a direct vote.

“I comply with the people’s pressure and upon the people’s desire, I will in run the coming polls,” Saleh told tens of thousands of cheering supporters in San’a.

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