Ali Abdullah Saleh Steps Back From Deal To Resign As 4 Killed During Yemen Protests

Ali Abdullah Saleh Steps Back From Deal To Resign As 4 Killed During Yemen Protests

SANAA, Yemen — Yemen’s embattled president backed away from a mediated deal that would have seen him step down in exchange for legal immunity, and his forces Saturday killed four people while pushing hundreds of anti-government demonstrators out of a square where they had been camped, witnesses said.

President Ali Abdullah Saleh said he did not want to sign the deal that was mediated by a bloc of neighboring Gulf countries, said his close ally, Abed al-Jundi. The secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Abdul-Latif al-Zayyani, flew to the Yemeni capital of Sanaa to urge Saleh to sign the deal.

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