SANAA, July 16, 2011 (Xinhua) — Yemeni protesters announced Saturday the establishment of a transitional ruling council with 17 members to run the country during what they claimed “the period after the regime of President Ali Abdullah Saleh collapsed”.
The council, which was declared at a press conference in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, included former Prime Minister Abu Bakr Haidar al-Attas and former Defense Minister Abdullah Eleiwah.
The opposition officials refused to comment, but said they did not recognize the council as it did not include all the opposition factions.
The move was strongly criticized by the Yemeni government spokesman Abdu al-Janadi, who is also the deputy information minister. The spokesman said the move would “aggravate the political crisis in the country.”
“President Saleh is the legal president of Yemen and he will return at the helm within days and this council cannot replace the existing government,” al-Janadi said at a press conference.
Saleh, who is being treated in a Saudi hospital in Riyadh for injuries he sustained in a bomb attack on his presidential palace in early June, has faced six-month-long nationwide protests demanding an immediate end to his 33-year rule.
(www.uruknet.info / 17.07.2011)