Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh declined to sign an accord yesterday requiring him to give up power within 30 days, the third time Gulf-led transition efforts have failed to ease unrest in the country.
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.
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh signed a power-transfer agreement with his opponents that was brokered by the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, an initiative aimed at ending months of bloodshed.
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.
North Korea is preparing its biggest political gathering in 30 years, fueling speculation Kim Jong Il may use the forum to legitimatize a transfer of power to his youngest son as his own takeover was ensured at a 1980 summit.