Opposition set to discuss proposed Yemen reforms

The government announced its reform plans in the face of growing discontent that sparked sporadic protests this week.

Opposition set to discuss proposed Yemen reforms

Thousands protested in southern Yemen on Thursday to reject political reforms proposed by the government, including a limit on presidential terms.

The government announced its reform plans in the face of growing discontent that sparked sporadic protests this week.

Opposition parties said they would meet on Saturday to discuss the offer, as thousands of people demonstrated in the southern town of Taiz.

President Ali Abdullah Saleh has ruled Yemen for over three decades.

"We want constitutional amendments but we want amendments that don't lead to the continuance of the ruler and the inheritance of power to his children," said Mohammed al-Sabry, head of the opposition coalition and the Islamist party Islah.

"We won't permit these corrupt leaders to stay in power and we are ready to sleep in the streets for our country's sake, in order to liberate it from the hands of the corrupt," Sabry said.

The protests come as Tunisia grapples with fallout from the overthrow of its long-time president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, who fled the country after weeks of violent unrest driven by social grievances.

Among the steps put forward by Saleh's ruling party, the General People's Congress, are amendments to guarantee presidential term limits of two seven- or five-year terms as well as voter registration for all Yemeni adults.

Agencies

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