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.

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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.

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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.


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