GCC official in Yemen in bid to resolve crisis

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GCC official in Yemen in bid to resolve crisis

A senior government official says the head of a six-nation group of Gulf Arab countries has arrived in Yemen for talks with embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh and opposition representatives.

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Published: Thu 21 Apr 2011, 3:43 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 8:48 AM

Thursday’s visit by the chief of Gulf Cooperation Council, Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, is an effort to break a deadlock facing a GCC mediation bid to resolve Yemen’s two-month-old crisis.

Saleh has been clinging to power despite massive demonstrations demanding he immediately step down.

A GCC proposal calls for Saleh to go but doesn’t set a timetable and offers him immunity from prosecution, something that has been rejected by the opposition.

Tens of thousands are rallying again on Thursday in Taiz, south of the capital Sanaa, demanding Saleh’s ouster.

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