The head of Egypt’s Islamist Nour party, whose bloc came second in parliamentary elections, said he doubts political groups will united behind calls for the ruling generals to cede power earlier than a June deadline.
The death of North Korea’s Kim Jong Il, one of the world’s most repressive leaders, has produced a new moment of danger that binds the interests of both allies and adversaries of the nuclear-armed country.
Kim Jong Il ’s youngest son was named a general, signaling the start of a possible power transfer in North Korea to a man said to be in his late 20s who the regime has never previously mentioned in public.
Yemen’s government and opposition are making progress in talks on a power transfer to end escalating violence, and could resolve outstanding disagreements within a week, a senior Western diplomat said.
Egyptian protesters calling for an end to army rule clashed with security forces in central Cairo for a fifth night as military pledges for a quicker power transfer to a civilian authority failed to end demonstrations.
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh arrived in Saudi Arabia to sign a power-transfer agreement with his opponents that was brokered by the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, Yemen’s state-run television said today.