Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has arrived in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, to sign a deal under which he will step down, Yemen's state media say.
Under the agreement, brokered by Yemen's Gulf Arab neighbours, Mr Saleh, 69, is to transfer his powers to his deputy ahead of an early election.
The president has been facing protests since the beginning of the year.
He has come close to signing a deal several times in the past, only to pull out at the last minute.
Meanwhile, clashes broke out between pro-Saleh troops and gunmen loyal to dissident chief Sheikh Sadiq al-Ahmar in the Yemeni capital Sanaa.Saleh might have given up for health, not political, reasons. The Associated Press notes that the U.N. Secretary-General says Saleh is heading to New York for medical treatment.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has told him he will travel to New York for medical treatment after signing an agreement to end his 33-year rule.
You might recall an assassination attempt in June left him injured and required a near three-month stay in Saudi Arabia for treatment.Ban told reporters Wednesday that he talked with Saleh by telephone, and would be happy to meet with him in New York. He provided no information about when Saleh planned to arrive in New York, nor what treatment he would be seeking.
The protests continue to rage in Yemen and most especially in its capital city Sana'a. The most recent video I could find was posted about six weeks ago.