Yemen FM Says No Delay In Presidential Election


Salon Staff
January 19, 2012 12:09AM (UTC)

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's foreign minister says a presidential election will be held as scheduled.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi said his government was committed to hold presidential elections on February 21.

Advertisement:

Yemen has been in turmoil for a year over demands that longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh resign.

In an interview a day earlier, on Al-Arabiya television, al-Qirbi, a veteran of Saleh's regime, said it was difficult to have presidential elections if the security situation is not resolved.

His clarification came after a meeting with foreign diplomats who were in Yemen to discuss the crisis.

On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the U.S. regretted that Saleh has not complied with agreements to leave the country and allow an election for a successor.


Salon Staff

MORE FROM Salon Staff

BROWSE SALON.COM
COMPLETELY AD FREE,
FOR THE NEXT HOUR

Read Now, Pay Later - no upfront
registration for 1-Hour Access

Click Here
7-Day Access and Monthly
Subscriptions also available
No tracking or personal data collection
beyond name and email address

•••





Fearless journalism
in your inbox every day

Sign up for our free newsletter

• • •